open source questionnaire

A student doing a research paper on open source asked me if I could be interviewed. I said yes, of course, since I love doing whatever I can to advocate Linux. She sent me a questionnaire by e-mail.

A Word document attachment.

I politely wrote her back and suggested the use of non-proprietary
formats in the future, especially when sending out an open source
questionnaire – I was nice, though, and told her I’d extracted the
text already. To this, she replied that she didn’t have any
non-proprietary software on her system, but that she was working on

Ah, such is the insidious power of Microsoft! It causes people to
forget that plain text and HTML files are eminently more open than the
native Microsoft Word document, and much smaller too. Pffft. Not only
that, people have gotten far too used to saving plain, unformatted
text files as a Microsoft Word document, unaware of the other document
types and the fact that they can produce such…