Interesting critique of Open Office

Subject: Interesting critique of Open Office
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 11:27:23 -0700 (PDT)

Next on my list is I'm glad we have a
Free office suite, I really am. But being dependent on
OO.o can be a real drag--especially if you're running
it under Linux, where it takes half the morning to
start up, and the only noise the suite can make (to
remind you to save your document, for instance) is a
beep through your PC's internal speaker.

Yes, most Microsoft Office documents import
splendidly, but the sort that don't do so haven't for
years, with no improvement. The OO.o project itself
provides no easy means for users to submit feedback;
just try to find a way to file a bug about how OO.o
Writer completely hoses a .doc file's layout. And
don't even get me started about the program's
labyrinthine Options dialog box. That thing might have
been excusable back when Microsoft's Office 97 was the
main competition, but no longer.

Recently a big hue and cry arose over at Slashdot when
Groklaw (a site that covers the intersection of Free
Software and the law) declared that Novell's latest
contribution to OO.o--a set of libraries for
interoperability with the new, craptacular XML-based
file format used by Office 2007--amounts to a fork, a
new product built from an existing, Free code base.
It's no such thing, but I sometimes wonder if it isn't
high time that we got an honest-to-goodness OO.o fork.,128287-page,1-c,linux/article.html

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