[brlug-general] Is OpenOffice just "good enough"?
williamhill2 at cox.net
Wed May 16 14:02:11 CDT 2007
Open Office is better than Office but both are quirky and I would not use
either for a big job. For quick one or two page papers with graphics, Open
Office does the job on GNU/Linux with less hardware than a comparable
Microsoft system. I miss Word Perfect, which was easier and more reliable
than either. My preference is for KWord, which is also quirky but very light
and easy to use. The quirks I've run into are related to SVG and KFormula
and might have some teething issues with ODF. For my thesis, I'm using
Kile/Latex and it's saving me all sorts of formating headaches. For business
use, Open Office is more than adequate.
The problem is that Microsoft has introduced yet another format that no one
else can read. The new Office uses this format as it's default and they have
made it difficult to find the "save as" button or to see what kind of
document you have saved. People who don't have someone managing these
settings for them are going to have problems right away. Users of older
versions of Office and Open Office are going to have problems if the new
Office takes off.
On Wednesday 16 May 2007 10:48 am, Dustin Puryear wrote:
> I'm curious what you guys think about OpenOffice vs. Office and even vs.
> Google Office.
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