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[Fsfe-uk] UK Online [centres] feedback: Open Office 2 WAS Free Libre Ope

From: Adam Moran
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] UK Online [centres] feedback: Open Office 2 WAS Free Libre Open Source Software
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 00:38:35 +0000
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Re: [centres] Free Libre Open Source Software WASOverpriced, overhyped, over here Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 12:23:04 -0000
Phil Hunt wrote:

> If there is resistance from a user base to switching over to Open
> Office, I would suggest making it voluntary for existing employees
> to switch over, but giving ones that do a bonus of say 50 quid; this
> would, I'm sure, generate sufficient enthusiasm within a workforce
> to effect a rapid changeover without negatively affecting morale.

I strongly support the appropriate use of open source software, but the
problem for me (perhaps for most people) is not the the learning curve
to use a different office suite but the flakey compatability with
Microsoft file formats.

Until Open Office (or any alternative) can allow me to open or edit or
save any Microsoft document without page formatting or some other
feature being corrupted, it just ain't worth the fiddle - Open Office
may be both free libre and free gratis but my patience isn't libre, nor
my time gratis.

Joe Fortey

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