Re: Why should I be worried about the merger? NOT
It's true that AbiWord, Inkscape and Scribus are still in development, and in some ways aren't on a par with proprietary rivals. However, they're coming along fast.
AbiWord's good to go, as far as I can tell. OO.o 2.0 is a big deal. Inkscape's at 0.41 but perfectly usable and on a development rampage since forking from SodiPodi. Scribus is further away; myself, I don't have need for PageMaker-style DTP often. Scribus, though, can digest ICC profiles. There's a rudimentary GIMP plugin for color profiling. I wonder what percentage of techcomm-produced PhotoShop work is color-separation aware. Less than half, I'd guess, but if you need it, you need it.
Also, many of the popular proprietary apps are bloated with unused features. While any of us may have a pet feature from among the bloat, where the FOSS alternatives don't replicate a feature it tends to be a superfluous one.
But the only way to know what'll work for you is to try them. At these prices, there's no excuse.
The change is coming. It's just a question of how long it will take. I suspect, though, that it will take less time than on the server side.
Definitely accelerating. And we don't have to convert tonight, just test. That way, when the moment comes, there'll already be an experienced user of FOSS alternatives in the organization. Us.
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