Microsoft banned from selling Word

So, Microsoft have, once again, been in trouble with the courts. This time it’s in the USA.

In their latest skirmish, they have been found guilty of infringing patents (oh, the irony!) relating to XML in their flagship programme Word™.

As the BBC News website says,

XML is used in recent versions of Microsoft’s word-processer (sic.) Word.

Texas district court judge Leonard Davis also filed an injunction preventing Microsoft from selling Word.

M$ have also been ordered to pay over $290m.

Although the ban on selling Word applies only to the US, folks everywhere might like to try an alternative: OpenOffice, which is free (both as in speech and as in beer!). OpenOffice is

an Open Source project. It is sponsored by Sun Microsystems, which is the primary contributor of code to the Project. Over 450,000 people from nearly every curve of the globe have joined this Project with the idea of creating the best possible office suite that all can use. They do so under the auspices of “open source.”

“Open source” means that you can contribute to make the product (and Project) better by joining the community (italics mine – see http://www.openoffice.org/about_us/introduction.html).

Now that’s quite a contrast to our friends from Redmond.

(We’ve been using OpenOffice since version 1; the most recent public version is 3.1.)

Romero the Musical

Romero logo red

Working on a website for a new musical about Oscar Romero, Archbishop in El Salvador, assassinated in 1980 for daring to speak out for social justice. The musical was written by George Daly (text) and Liam Bauress (music), and orchestrated by Richard Benbow.

This website aims to provide a complete downloadable package to help any drama group stage the musical and to play its part in the world-wide commemoration of the
30th Anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAFOD’S EL SALVADOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The website – which will be at http://romerothemusical.com – aims to provide a complete downloadable package* to help any drama group stage the musical and to play its part in the world-wide commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAFOD’S EL SALVADOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

* We expect to use e-junkie to deliver digital downloads of the required PDFs:

  • vocal score
  • libretto
  • director’s pack
  • orchestral parts (28 parts for pit orchestra)