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Musing: Microsoft to offer its software on Linux – A theoretical consideration.

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BREAKING NEWS: MICROSOFT RELEASES ITS OFFICE SUITE FOR LINUX

Take a few seconds to consider how you would feel, then maybe be kind enough to hear my view.

So it’s great? Microsoft’s flagship product now available to those who in the past had only LO, Abiword etc to chose from. Now you can run natively on your Linux box that which Windows users have been for years.

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Microsoft products on Linux

I have been using Linux for over 15 years now because it is a better operating system.
I have not needed to use Windows in over a decade now.
However, I have nothing against Microsoft. Microsoft writing applications for Linux would be a good thing. But sadly, those applications will be closed source and with the userland architecture of Linux, system updates are very likely to break those applications (ABI changes, soname changes, etc..). Without source code, distributions can't recompile those applications when system libraries are upgraded.
Microsoft won't bother maintaining such applications.

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