Re: A few general questions from a Debian newbie
Bruce Hohl wrote:
>>>OpenOffice 2.0 is an important piece of
>>>software...added OpenOffice.org 2, to their
>>>repository shortly after it's release...it likely
>>>will drive choice of distribution/version
>>To my main point: I'm a desktop user, not a
>>programmer, and I had no problem installing the
>>"oh-so-special" OpenOffice 2.0 on my Sarge-running
>>computer. So, my question is, what is all this fuss
>>about? Installing OpenOffice 2.0 on Sarge is a
>>breeze. Stop whining about nothing.
> What is so special about OpenOffice? Let me speak
> from my point of view as a manager at a business and
> advocate of open source software ...
> OpenOffice is free, multi-platform, has a large user
> base, and is of good quality. Thus, I had it
This applies to the version in Sarge.
> installed on about 10 PCs for regular business where I
> work. All the other PCs have MS Office installed. I
> would not have done this with any of the other MS
> Office alternatives.
> What is so special about OO 2.0. It has improved
> filters for MS Office file formats (a defacto
> standard). And, OO 2.0 now includes a data base
> component which I intend to start learning immediately
> (after install) for business use.
The filters are so improved that they crash when you import a Word
document with an embedded picture.
Version 1 has perfectly adequate support for linking to databases. How
do you expect that OO2 will make any practical difference to your
business or are you just learning a component because it's there?
> YES, I can spend my time figuring out how to install
> OO 2.0 on Sarge (and probably will) but I would rather
> "apt-get" and spend my time creating OpenOffice
> documents, spreadsheets and databases that impress my
In the time that you spent composing that post, you could have searched
the list archives and learnt how to install it. I doubt you could have
created any impressive documents in that time.