Re: Back to the Dark Ages.

Subject: Re: Back to the Dark Ages.
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 15:56:52 -0400

It may have been a troll, but there's every evidence that,
on Tuesday 18 June 2002 15:12, Mark Emson wrote:

> "Right then, say IT. Here's the deal. We're going to
> remove most of your PCs. Here, have this pencil and
> paper. Write out your drafts and pass them onto the
> typists who'll put them into print. If you really can't
> work without a PC we'll be leaving one machine in each
> office that will be loaded with every bit of software we
> own. You can book yourself a time slot and do your work
> then."
> This is not a joke. My company is seriously thinking of
> taking this step because of the asrtanomical cost of
> kitting out each PC with all the software we need to do
> the job. The question is, does anyone else already have
> to work like this?

Well, I'm shocked, not to say offended, that we got as
many replies to this one as we have so far, and nobody
has offered the obvious. Switch to Linux, NOW!

KDE 3.01 is solid and very Windows-like... and free, of
course. Gnome2 is coming shortly. Should be just
as nice.

OpenOffice1.0 will do much of what you need.
Quanta Plus, or any of a bunch of tools will do your
webbish composing.

ONE payment of (much less than) $100 USD gets you
Linux CDs (and DVD, if you like a really painless
install...), and hundreds of free, well-tested applications
and utilities.

If you really need the extra bells and whistles of (say)
StarOffice 6, as opposed to OpenOffice1.0, then you
pay a fee that's MUCHMUCHMUCH smaller than what
M$ demands for MSOffice.

If only one or ten people need the bells and whistles,
then everybody else can use OpenOffice, which is
compatible with StarOffice, and just the special few
will need the pay-for-it software. (Similar arrangements
possible with the open-source and commercial versions
of other software.

K-Mail of any of a dozen mail programs look and feel
very much like Outlook. Evolution (from Ximian) is almost

In fact, if they haven't taken away your computer, start
now to migrate. Migrating from FrameMaker will be a
little more annoying and time-consuming. Migrating from
Word will be a breeze.

Gopher it.



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