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Linux and OpenOffice save Microsoft Presentation

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the now-thats-just-silly dept.

Microsoft 447

EvilGrinUK writes "A presentation about Shared Source (SSI) by the head of Microsoft Ukraine was almost ruined when the Windows machine (a Tablet PC) linked to the projector developed problems. The solution was to adopt OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 and ALT Linux Compact 2.3, which was already running on the presenter's laptop (an IBM Thinkpad). Here's a picture."

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haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12624999)

let me be early on to say ha!

Re:haha (5, Informative)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625205)

Microsoft's [solocomputerservices.com] public [solocomputerservices.com] failures [planetwayne.com] are [msboycott.com] always [theapplecollection.com] amusing [daughtersoftiresias.org] .

Re:haha (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625232)

I, great strong Linux, have once again humbled weak, ineffectual Windows. Linus Torvalds is a far greater god than child-like Bill Gates. Linus is mightier, wiser and wears better clothes, while infantile Bill Gates looks like a 1970s college graduate flung into the future by a malfunctioning Centrino processor that generated a mighty graviton wave.

I, great strong Linux, shall conquer the world, and all shall run KDE (for Gnome is evil and the tool of despots and deviants).

I have spoken.

first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625000)

Hurrah!

Ha-Ha! (5, Funny)

SeanTobin (138474) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625003)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<speech>
<voice>Nelson Muntz</voice>
<voiceArtist>Nancy Cartwright</voiceArtist>
<text>Ha-Ha!</text>
</speech>

Microsoft's competitive advantages (2, Interesting)

team99parody (880782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625105)

Why should we be surprised. A MSFT exec already told us that runningRunning Linux is Microsoft's competitive advantage. [microsoft-watch.com]
"Hilf is the director of Microsoft's platform technology strategy group....

Linux running at Microsoft? Isn't that sacrilege? Think of it <b>more as a competitive advantage</b>, said Hilf."

Re:Ha-Ha! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625111)

HOLY SHIT you are gay. I enjoy a bit of geek humor now and then but this is over the top. Lemme guess, you're reading "Learn XML in 24 Hours" and just had to showoff your l337 skills?

Re:Ha-Ha! (0, Troll)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625266)

. . .you're reading "Learn XML in 24 Hours" and just had to showoff your l337 skills?

He seems to be up to the chapter on ridiculing it, and doing at least B level work at that.

KFG

oh my (1, Redundant)

SComps (455760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625006)

this must have been embarassing LOL

Re:oh my (-1, Offtopic)

wcb4 (75520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625159)

what was more embarrassing is how badly open office mangled the powerpoint presentation, and you KNOW it did.

Re:oh my (0, Flamebait)

Taladar (717494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625271)

You mean embarassing for MS that their file formats are exposed as the incompatible, undocumented shit they are?

How funny.. Cache slower than original... (5, Informative)

OlivierB (709839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625010)

The original link is fster than the cache

http://paq.osdn.org.ua/~mike/img/MS-uses-OOo/hpim2 544.sized.jpg [osdn.org.ua]

Re:How funny.. Cache slower than original... (1)

simonecaldana (561857) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625071)

The original link is fster than the cache

was.

Was... (2, Funny)

Erik_ (183203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625072)

That was the case... now 4 mins later the /. effect looms :-)

Nice to see (0, Redundant)

thewiz (24994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625011)

that poor, feeble Linux could help out big, powerful Microsoft!

Is it true? (3, Insightful)

sebisor (311819) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625012)

Can somebody verify that the info is accurate?

Re:Is it true? (5, Insightful)

archen (447353) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625088)

I believe this isn't the first time someone associated with MS has done this. I've heard of a similar incident happening in Europe. Really I don't think this is newsworthy information. All of us know that you can end up with a bad office install, or office will end up with corrupted documents. Many of us also know that you can open such documents with Open Office just fine. I recommend this to uses on our own network every so often, so this is old hat. Another nice trick is to open MS office documents with Open Office, then save them with OO (to the MS format) and watch the file size decrease up to 30% at times and be able to open them JUST FINE in MS office.

Europe? (1)

adam.wos (874485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625248)

Ukraine is (at least partly) in Europe. More so now after the orange revolution than before.

Re:Is it true? (1)

muszek (882567) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625250)

I believe this isn't the first time someone associated with MS has done this. I've heard of a similar incident happening in Europe.

OT: Like it or not, Ukraine is in Europe.
Europe doesn't end neither at German, nor at Polish border...

On topic: I wonder what excuses did they give...

Re:Is it true? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625131)

I can verify it.

Re:Is it true? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625143)

No article, no nothin, just a picture. While I don't doubt this happened, it would be nice to have something other than a pic.

Re:Is it true? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625263)

Of course it's accurate. Slashdot editors work 24/7 verifying the veracity of every story posted on this site.

Oh! (2, Funny)

Heliologue (883808) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625013)

The irony is delicious!

Not working correctly (5, Funny)

Nytewynd (829901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625017)

It looks like Open Office didn't open the presentation properly. Look at all of those crazy symbols.

Re:Not working correctly (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625106)

that's cyrillic symbols
ooo working correctly.

Re:Not working correctly (2, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625175)

Really? Are you sure? They sure do look funny to me...

Um ... (1)

Sonic McTails (700139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625019)

I'm not sure if I'm should be scared or not ...... BTW, what the hell is up with the new image text?

Re:Um ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625052)

BTW, what the hell is up with the new image text?
Cyrillic letters...

Re:Um ... (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625077)

It prevents scripts from posting.

Re:Um ... (1)

Sonic McTails (700139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625104)

I relieze that, but why effect logged in users. Bots post AC cause once an account gets modded down enough, it starts posting on -1 by default

Re:Um ... (1)

nagora (177841) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625190)

What image text?

It's always nice when Open Source can lend a hand (5, Funny)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625020)

Let's just hope they [MSFT] don't get all miffy about it, eh?

Ha (-1, Redundant)

captain igor (657633) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625021)

hahahahhaahahahahahahahahaha *gasp* hahahahahahahahahahahah *collapse*

Yeah! Linux saved the day... (5, Funny)

mjpaci (33725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625024)

...and at the same time embarassed Microsoft. Maybe now the mighty Goliath can be slain!

How many Slashdotters now have to change their shorts?

--bitter

Re:Yeah! Linux saved the day... (5, Funny)

bman08 (239376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625210)

I would hope all of them, but if this story leads to more slashdotters changing their shorts from time to time, I'm all for it.

Big deal? (4, Interesting)

1155 (538047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625025)

What's the big deal here? Right tool for the job. The other laptop wasn't working during crunch time, so why not?

Re:Big deal? (4, Insightful)

Space Coyote (413320) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625061)

What's the big deal here? Right tool for the job. The other laptop wasn't working during crunch time, so why not?

Microsoft demonstrating that Linux and OO.o can be the right tool for such a job? That is a big deal.

Linux. . . (2, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625234)

. . .for when our shit don't work. It'll save your butterfly's arse. What would you like to boot that actually runs today?

KFG

Re:Big deal? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625273)

Anyone who has ever used OO knows it's not the right tool for any job other than cutting off your nose to spite your face.

I kept trying to make the switch, but it was disappointing, most frequently at importing Office docs. Just because one presentation imported correctly doesn't mean it's all that useful. I just gave up and bought an older copy of Office - it was well worth the price.

I'll probably still try 2.0 when it comes out, but I already know it's going to be a big disappointment, made worse by the Lucas-esque hype from stories like this and other supporters who claim it's an equivalent, or even similar to Office.

Re:Big deal? (1)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625122)

What's the big deal here? Right tool for the job.

I doubt Microsoft wants to show people that OpenOffice is 'the right tool for the job' that much.

uh oh! (5, Insightful)

aweiland (237773) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625027)

He is so fired

Hahahaha (5, Funny)

anderm7 (68050) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625028)

Be careful, Microsoft might think this counts as a Shared Source Initiative.

Not to be a partypooper but... (4, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625032)

Will this appear in ANYWHERE but slashdot? I mean, will common people know about it? And more important... will they even care?

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625112)

No... and no.

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625163)

I mean, will common people know about it? And more important... will they even care?

Ummm, let's review: a Ukrainian Microsoft rep had a laptop problem, so they showed his presentation on someone else's Linux laptop.

Why on earth would "common people" (charming phrasing, BTW) care? This is only "news" in the sense that it's fuel for today's anti-Microsoft raving.

We Powerbook owners pull some Windows user's fat out of the fire on a weekly basis -- it's not really news.

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (1)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625206)

Yes. It will appear on his annual performance review at Microsoft regional headquarters. It will also appear on the pink slip given to him later that week.

If he's clever, it will finally appear on his resume' when he applies for a new job with a funded OSS project...

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (1)

BroncoInCalifornia (605476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625228)

Will this appear in ANYWHERE but slashdot? I mean, will common people know about it? And more important... will they even care?

Well Mr Spy der Mann,
Obviously you care!

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (4, Insightful)

bman08 (239376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625270)

No because it's not a big deal to anybody who doesn't read slashdot. Welcome to life in a niche. It's just like how it would be awesome to some people if some racecar driver who was sponsored by pepsi drank a coke or something. While it may mean next to nothing in the grand scheme, it's funny to us, let's just enjoy it.

Re:Not to be a partypooper but... (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625272)

I mean, will common people know about it? And more important... will they even care?

Who cares?

Powerpoint Crash (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625033)

This reminds me of a time in college during a MS presentation when the MS powerpoint crashed into an Apple desktop. Oh well, its business, you do what you need to do. Microsoft is relativly pragmatic these days.

Pardon? (3, Informative)

ogleslurp (631509) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625036)

This story seems a little skinny on details. Does anyone have any more information?

Re:Pardon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625246)

yeah u guys will believe nething.... I'm going to take a picture of my monitor and say head of microsoft Turkey was showing pron in quicktime format during a presentation.

right tool for the job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625037)

or in this case, the only tool for the job. Alternatives are good but I wonder who invited Linx to that party?

laughed out loud at that picture (3, Interesting)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625038)

ahh the irony.. "shared source initiative"..... :D

what is it with slashdot running all these captchas lately ? "To confirm you're not a script, please type the text shown in this image:" I did this yesterday, shouldn't there be a period of grace for logged in users ?

Re:offtopic question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625091)

what is it with slashdot running all these captchas lately ?

If you haven't noticed, slashdot has been spammed SEVERELY the last few days. I say, it was about time they implemented those captchas. And if you see a captcha, then you're NOT logged in.

Re:offtopic question (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625138)

I am logged in... and there's the captcha again... right below this text input box. Just above it is this

Name adult film producer [ Log Out ]
Email van@i2pmail.org
Subject
Comment

*shrug* entering another captcha :(

Re:offtopic question (1)

erlenic (95003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625218)

I'm getting them, and as you can see, I'm logged in. Mine was this: xdgtttx.

Re:laughed out loud at that picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625158)

Robert Malda is using slashdot users to solve these captchas - they are not actually generated by slashdot but are generated by various free email sites and Robert Malda is using slashdot users to solve them so that he can set up 1,000,000 zombie email accounts to send spam and sell V1@g'Ra and cI@L!S and gay porn to people utilizing spam... that son of a bitch

Re:laughed out loud at that picture (1)

ignorant_newbie (104175) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625196)

>shouldn't there be a period of grace for logged
>in users

um... let's see. how hard is it to copy the cookie from your browser's cache and then fake the user agent ? really really simple? ok. so the answer to your question is no.

Re:laughed out loud at that picture (5, Funny)

ubuntu (876029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625252)

what is it with slashdot running all these captchas lately ? "To confirm you're not a script, please type the text shown in this image:"

Apparently, the Slashdot editors think our comments are so stupid that we HAVE to be bots. Sorry, Taco, we really are that stupid. At least I am. No wait. I mean, my posts are. I mean, I'm not a bot. I'm sure I'm smarter than a bot, even though I keep typing the captcha thing wrong. Maybe it's an IQ test, like a minimum height requirement on a Roller Coaster. I got it on my third try. What I'm trying to say is... uh, I forgot.

Dammit IQ Captcha, what are you trying to tell me!?!?!?

===========
Slashdot User Ubuntu, Your IQ = 86

Some famous celebrities with your IQ are:
Paris Hilton
George Bush
the cast of Friends

The computer we recommend for you is:
Apple Macintosh with One-Button Mouse
===========

Interesting... (1)

GReaToaK_2000 (217386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625045)

I bet someone is without a job now...

Now we know why Gates wants Interoperable SW (1)

team99parody (880782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625051)

Remember we thought Gates was lying when he said he wanted Interoperable software [theinquirer.net]

Perhaps he was being sincere - with interoperable software the bugs in windows are more tollerable.

Intersting. (5, Insightful)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625054)

And not one story about all the presentations given at Linux World that were done using Power Point on Windows.

Re:Intersting. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625253)

Slashdot: Where whining and over-reacting is par for the course.

You take that back, you big meanie.

Old news (0, Offtopic)

Bradac_55 (729235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625056)

Nice to see the moderaters are on top of all things
tech. This was from last year ;)

Re:Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625126)

which goes to prove this story is even more bull shit than I thought...

IBM didn't have tablets last year... they are barely even available right now!

The head of MS Ukraine is now.. (1)

essreenim (647659) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625057)

..more than likely..fired. Don't let my haircut fool you.. I am exceedingly vengefull

Really though, of all the things to let get leaked out. And te submitter is not doing them any favours either. Cheap Russians - you know they wouldn't break a sweat..

Not to be cynical but... (3, Insightful)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625065)

Can we see a schedule for this conference and where it took place? All we have is links to organization web sites and this photo at the moment.

If this is supposed to be proof of something, I want confirmation. Then I'll really start laughing.

Because honestly, who is to ay it wasn't just one guy putting up a slide and snapping a photo?

Embarassing... (4, Informative)

bobbis.u (703273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625067)

That's almost on an par with the infamous Windows 98 crash [cnn.com] video!

BS (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625080)

I take it you couldn't find a real story to post?

A) That image could easily be recreated in any office with a projector

B) Microsoft ALWAYS watermarks their presentations, there is not one on the picture

C) There is no link to a credible news site with this info. I'm sure if this were to really happen, every news site would be ALL OVER IT...

Another link (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625089)

I don't think the picture makes it too easy to see that this is OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 and ALT Linux Compact 2.3 (unless you can read Romanian?), but here is an alternate link [lintech.lv] to the picture (the other link isn't working for me...).

Romanian is a Romance language (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625216)

and as expected, uses Latin letters (like most European languages). The presentation is in Russian (or Ukrainian). Russian and Ukrainian DO NOT USE Latin letters.

Re:Another link (1)

bchernicoff (788760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625257)

Actually it says OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 in the title bar.

WHAT!!?? (1)

ubuntu (876029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625096)

Are my eyes deceiving me? Please tell me that Microsoft didn't get OpenOffice version 2 before the rest of us did!

Re:WHAT!!?? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625135)

Well, they do have that big technology-partnership with Sun. Perhaps their new Sun alliance is focused on their need for a stable office suite.

Re:WHAT!!?? (1)

failure-man (870605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625160)

Uh, you've been able to download the beta for months.

Of course they DID! (1)

adam.wos (874485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625280)

Well, of course they DID! They have to have a source of new ideas to steal, like, basing Office 14 on Java as well. That would be *really fast* ;)

Ah-ha! (1)

jmony (245233) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625098)

This is a funny one. Now, maybe Microsoft should buy Sun... ;-)

Better Photograph (4, Informative)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625109)

I cleaned the photograph up in Photoshop, and I made it MUCH better looking, so you can actually SEE what's going on in the image.

http://www.collegechixors.com/images/hpim2544.size d.jpg [collegechixors.com]

soviet ukraine (2, Insightful)

phoenix42 (263805) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625127)

in soviet ukraine, microsoft uses linux?

Saved presentation lead over 20 companies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625144)

...to forgo potential open-source deployments. Go Linux and OpenOffice!

Well.. (1)

sintacks (886546) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625151)

Not only is that guy already fired...but he will probably be sued. Bill Gates is making an official visit to this guy to kick him in the nuts.

IBM hardware to the rescue (1)

tsmithnj (738472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625162)

What's so unusual about that?

Slashdot: Old news that does not matter... (1)

ReallyNiceGuy (721792) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625165)

This is already 2 days old.

Isn't ready for the desktop? (1)

winse (39597) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625178)

yeah right

Priceless (1)

nowt (230214) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625180)


Oh, so you want it to work! Well... (whips out openoffice) Tada! --microsofty

Hooray (1)

bsquizzato (413710) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625184)

YES! What an overwhelming win for the open source community! Sure to put us in the lead over Billy now!

Hah, but really, it is a funny story :)

Happens the other way too (3, Interesting)

Leif_Bloomquist (311286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625189)

Come on, let's be honest here. How many times has Windows saved the day for a Linux application, or even install?

i.e. For myself, back when trying to install Red Hat 8.0 on my machine at home, I had to constantly reboot back into Win2K to download patches/rpms, or read up about bugs and errata, get network drivers, configuration minutae, etc.

It's stable now, but having a working (out of the box) Win2K install to fall back on was crucial to "save" my Linux installation.

Let's not be too smug here, would this have been news if they'd been bailed out by a different Windows version?

That's rich (5, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625194)

[MSFT-Tablet]"Damn, I am crapping out."
[lin-laptop]"I can save the day."
[MSFT-Tablet]"I will never be saved by riff-raff the likes of you. You are open source and therefore evil. I was created using millions of dollars in r&d capitol. You were made from donations, and other open source contributors, and are therefore an inferior product."
[lin-laptop]"Yeah, but I can do something you can't right now."
[MSFT-Tablet]"What's that?"
[lin-laptop]"Run your presentation."

Where is the problem? (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625207)

Is it more about the intel-based tablet PC than anything MS? May be Linux/OpenOffice will also crash on the same machine.

Lunchtime News Conference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625214)

In related news... Pizza Hut was catering this event serving its now defunct "Pizzone" Shouts of "Pizzowned" could be heard from the kitchen.

Step into my office... (1)

Stankatz (846709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625226)

Hopefully that guy has already started his job search. I don't think Microsoft US is going to like this.

I Call Shenanigans (1)

adamjone (412980) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625229)

I'm sorry, but this just seems a bit too contrived. Forget for a second that this story would be all too easily faked (a couple of snapshots of a slideshow, and links to MS websites do not prove a story for me). The presenter just happened to have a live boot disk with him that had OO installed. And he just happened to be able to recover the doc from the Windows PC that was "experiencing trouble". I know if the tables were turned, no one on Slashdot would give a second thought to discrediting this story.

As much as I love to see egg on Microsoft's face, I call shenanigans on this one.

Re:I Call Shenanigans (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625249)

Where did you get boot disk and the sort from?

It says a Linux Laptop ... nothing about "linux running off a USB dongle on a laptop" ...

Tom

Was his PowerPoint patched (2, Informative)

mrm677 (456727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625231)

I devoted long hours to a PowerPoint presentation. In about hour 12 or 13, PowerPoint 2002 kept crashing whenever I tried to open the file. Unfortunately I did not have any previous revisions before the save which messed things up.

I thought I was hosed, but I tried opening it in OpenOffice and it worked fine. Then a friend suggested I run "Office Update". Once I did this, PowerPoint opened the file without problems.

Did this dude bother to update his PowerPoint?

Wow! (1)

Badanov (518690) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625251)

Ooo! Ooooh! Wowee! Tres kewl!

Now, can I have +2 karma points to get back to neutral karma, or is that asking too much?

Reminds me of something that just happened to me (4, Interesting)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625254)

I'm the sysadmin of a company of about 100. The other day I was in the CEO's office waiting to give him a presentation on the latest version of the Intranet. The boss came in very upset, he had been having some problems with his laptop and hadn't been able to boot into windows all morning. There was a very important document on his drive that he just had to have for a meeting later that afternoon. I turned off the projector and started to attempt to recover his documents.

First I tried Bart PE, a Windows XP bootable CD. It allowed me to see the hard drive, but the file sizes were all wrong. I tried to connect it to the network but it wouldn't recognize the network card. I tried plugging in a USB flash drive but it wouldn't recognize that either.

DOS was out of the question as the drive was NTFS. Then it hit me, I had a copy of Knoppix 3.8 on me. I booted it up and it saw the network and thumbdrive instantly. I saved the boss's files and he was very impressed. While I was setting him up on a spare notebook he was playing with the menus in KDE and we made small talk about governments and businesses saving tons of cash by switching to Linux, Open Office, and other free software.

So Linux saved the day for his poor broken Windows box, just a little ironic. Now this sysadmin is never leaving without a copy of Knoppix again.

old story, but still (4, Informative)

lheal (86013) | more than 9 years ago | (#12625258)

... it's clearly an operating system problem on the tablet, not a hardware problem. Linux to the rescue!
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From the README on the site:
Intro
[...]
1. This is old news: the event happened on October 9, 2004.
2. Microsoft rep in Ukraine had to use free software to get on with a presentation on a free software conference since his munition failed to cooperate with projector.
3. See below (also posted to the places I could track down).
[...]
As for the facts:

* it was not Master but ALT Linux Compact 2.3 (page|ISO|ML)
* it was Third Ukrainian Free Software Developers' and Users' Conference
* it was sponsored by IBM, Novell and EMT (yeah, I work for ...us; another funny thing is that Microsoft proposed to sponsor the conference too but we decided to politely decline the generous offer)
* it is the head of Microsoft Ukraine, Mr. Valery Lanovenko
* it is the Tablet PC which failed to feed the projector on the secondary head properly to blame
* and indeed it's OpenOffice.org on our Linux/ThinkPad running their PowerPoint presentation ;-)
* IMG_0395 has Mr. Lanovenko's personal comment -- he tries to make an impression that it was PDF (we as the conference staff recommended to keep those at hand) but all of us know OOo doesn't display PDFs ;-)
[...]
--
Michael Shigorin
mike at osdn dot org dot ua
EMT.Com.UA * OSDN.Org.UA * Linux.Kiev.UA * ALTLinux.ORG

funny thing is, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625259)

to me ukrainian sounds just like broken russian...

Get the facts (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12625268)

Did someone say using Linux is more expensive?

Get the facts M$
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