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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:23 AM

16. There's the catch, eh? The office needs are easily handled by OpenOffice.

 

Specialty software is often tied to the OS, and in various jobs I've developed on M$, VAX, Linux, Prime, Amiga, Mac, Sun, HP server, and AIX machines - and then there are the home machines (not listed). They've all got their OS-specific software. Even when it's multi-platform, there are usually quirks between the platforms.

I've got several versions of M$ Office on different machines and frequently have difficulty getting them to load (or at least load correctly) WITHIN ALL M$ OFFICE PRODUCTS! I suspect that's M$'s plot to force people to upgrade. The exact same files open just fine in OO and save out in a way that is at least forward and will load correctly in the newest M$, but also takes into account the needs of older M$ software. It just pisses me off that M$ can't even load it's own earlier versions right. Writing would be nice too, but not loading?

I also do most of my personal writing on a HP mini that came pre-loaded with Linux (an Ubuntu flavor) and I've yet to have any problem moving OO files between it and OO on M$ and Mac machines - in any direction. Then there's the added but often unspoken benefit - it's free.

Our entire household also relies on Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, FileZilla, and IZArc - all free. IE has always sucked, every version, and I've been forced to use Outlook in the workplace and there's no way in hell I'd subject one of my own machines to that piece of shit.

I've heard Win8 sucks. Your opinion? Vista's got it's problems but Win7 is actually pretty damn stable! Well, at least with 24GB on a 3.33 i7 6-core box. I can't speak for lesser configurations. I've never even laid hands on a Win8 box.





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