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Re: [opensuse] OpenOffice.org forked....
On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 15:31 +0200, Roger Oberholtzer wrote:
On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 08:34 -0400, Mike McMullin wrote:
On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 10:19 +0200, Roger Oberholtzer wrote:
On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 17:59 +1000, Basil Chupin wrote:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/openofficeorg-developers-break-ties-oracle-985

And a paragraph or so in to this article, in the text as though it was
part of the article, is an advertisement for MS office... Sheesh.


Noticed that huh? :( Certainly a number of distros will be looking
at which version of OOo they include, and perhaps change to this one.

I bet if MS Office was available for Linux, it would be popular. At
least in certain camps. But as MS Office is so integrated into
non-document parts of Windows, I doubt this will happen. Of course, they
have managed to lift out enough to get it to port to Mac OS/X. But MS
just can't compete on price. Still, I wonder if people who want to use
MS Office on Linux would pay the same price for it there as they do on,
say, Mac OS/X?

I often see people in stores hefting the MsOffice package and looking
at the price, I normally butt in and ask them exactly what they want to
do, what do they really need it for, Office is feature rich, and for the
majority of users, we'll never need those features, so I've been
recommending OpenOffice.

But if MS Office were available for Linux, I think one
big stumbling block to using Linux would be gone. And MS could never
allow that to happen. Even if they do allow that for Mac OS/X.

Would your IT department prefer one vendor or two for support? Our IT
guys will not roll out FireFox to the desktops because we "cannot get a
support contract" for it, even though IE keeps crashing at startup. I
figure that many IT departments in SMB are probably in the same mindset,
keep the support simple even if it means paying more than you have to.

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