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Re: [SuSE Linux] MS Word dependency
- From: kester@xxxxxxxxx (Kester Clegg)
- Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 13:51:42 +0100
- Message-id: <000101be8a71$3a0fbcc0$2b0d1280@kester>
Why not wait til Corel get their act together - they've already announced
they will port all their office suit to Linux / Unix; you can also run
WordPerfect in Windows, thus it should be easy for them to have a conversion
tool. Different systems, same document. Voilà.
:Over 500f all Microsoft profits come from MS Office. If this nut could
:cracked, those of us who HAVE to buy NT/Word to make a living would have an
:alternative. M$ would be just another big software house rather than one
:that can force me to pay it money so I can stay in business.
:It would be nice if a way could be found before I am forced to buy Windows
:2000 and Office 2000.
:Question 1: is it technically feasable to have a small document opener,
:perhaps running on WINE or even dosemu, that could open a *.doc cleanly and
:then save it as html, xml or whatever is accessable to all OS?
:Question 2: if it is technically possible, Sun, IBM, Corel, Apple and all
:the usual M$bashers would have a commercial interest in getting this done.
:Take out 500f Microsoft profit and you take away the air of invincibility
:that surrounds all M$ projects. Who else would have a commercial interest
:in making this type of utility available?
:Question 3: if it is technically possible, has someone started on this?
:so, who are they and how can we get the message to the big boys that this
:person, company or organisation needs caoital and programmers and that its
:in their interest to provide them?
:> On Thu, 15 Apr 1999, Patrick Kirk wrote:
:> > I'd move to KDE tomorrow id I could open MS Word Documents. I'm a
:> > recruiter and occasionally a CV comes in by fax or post but usually by
:> > email. It's almost always MSWord. If a way could be found to open
:> > *.docs, M$ would have a far smaller captive market.
:> > Perhaps thats why they keep changing the format?
:> That's (reputed to be) exactly the reason.
:> Has anyone tried opening Word documents in AbiWord?
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