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    Analytics Dude Kevin's Avatar
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    Out of curiosity... how many of you folks have forsaken M$ for OpenOffice?

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    I use the Open Office Calc spreadsheet, but that's the only part of the package I use.

    It has its own problems and limitations, but they don't bug me nearly as much as Excel's do!
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    Thats like asking someone if they ditched a BMW for a KIA yuck

    I tried OO recently downloaded it used it. Went back to MS Office in 20 minutes.

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    I'd like to see it running on my FreeBSD server (internal network test server) but installing from a "port" always trips over something missing somewhere and it never gets installed.

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    "trips over something missing somewhere and it never gets installed"

    Herb, Get GetRight... I think you can use it free... Rarely ever fails.

    I started with OO being the rather frugal person that I am and it works fine... Get's the job done.

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    Wait til Google & Sun release its web based Office, I think its going to be big.

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    LOL it will not

    Only geeks will use it and even then they will abandon it after a few days.

    Google is the big bad web giant now. People are startign to shy away from it with good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumbleFish
    "trips over something missing somewhere and it never gets installed"

    Herb, Get GetRight... I think you can use it free... Rarely ever fails.

    I started with OO being the rather frugal person that I am and it works fine... Get's the job done.
    hmmmm . . . does that run on un*x platforms? I have the choice of compiling it from source code or downloading it as a "package" but the second choice sometimes doesn't work any better than the first. (for me, anyway) I give up easily as it is not a "production" machine.

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    I've had a very limited experience with it myself, and only at the home office. I'm curious to see how it works out. But if Mike says it suxors, it probably suxors.

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    Herb,

    Sorry, I didn't know you where on a un*x system... Not sure what's availiable for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumbleFish
    Herb,

    Sorry, I didn't know you where on a un*x system... Not sure what's availiable for you?
    I have access to all MS products as needed so I have to keep up with them as much as I can. I wanted to run the equivalent of the Office Suite on my FreeBSD machines. Small need, so not critical.

    I experiment with odd OS's in the house and maintain FreeBSD and other servers as a learning project. DSL is a wonderful thing. All the operating systems are downloaded to install. and upgrade.

    And I'm still not sure I know anything.

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    If you want a real IDEA about open office.
    Look at Mass. After it being the official state software they are not trying to reverse that.

    Look at Scottland yard. After 6 months of using it they switched back

    Look at that German Town I forget the name. 6 years they been trying to make open office their only used program and it hasn't happened.

    Open office is good for one thing and one thing only. Give open source peep a sense of hope that maybe some day it will be the choice for everyone.

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    I have Open Office on my lappie, MS Office on the desktop. MS Office is nosebleedingly expensive - I ain't paying for that more that once!

    OpenOffice 2.0 is meant to be out soon isn't it?

    Actually, MS Works would suit me just fine most days,
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    They had to delay it because they found a major bug for it.
    So instead of releasing 2.0 on their 2nd birthday they released a patch instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    Thats like asking someone if they ditched a BMW for a KIA
    BMW? - I love my Alfa Romeo.

    Open Office - interesting subject for others to debate.

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    M$ Office = too expensive for me. So I go with Works for most things, and OO for what that can't handle. I wouldn't use Office enough to justify spending the extra money for it, "BMW" or not. No point in buying a BMW just to drive to the store...
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    I have M$ on the workhorse machine. Need Access, use Excel. It's too expensive to bother putting on the machines the family "work" on, so OO is just fine. It works for what they need most of the time.

    Oh, and it exports to PDF, which M$ doesn't do.

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    They do in Office 12
    I am in that beta Me likes office 12
    blows Office 2003 and any other similar program out the window

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    Me likes office 12
    Well, that's nice to hear.

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