Re: opinions on open source tools sought

Subject: Re: opinions on open source tools sought
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:29:22 +0800

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 7:08 AM, Marsha Howard <mhoward_99 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> I would love to hear from anyone who has a strong opinion about open source, one way or the other.

I'm replying from a Linux machine and Firefox browser. Open Office
is in another window. These work fine for me.

My job mainly involves editing academic papers. Most of them come
to me as TeX files (an open source system) which some journals
require. If you need complex math, Word is not even close to TeX.
Framemaker might be; I'm out of date on that.

I do get some Word files and edit nearly all of them with OO.

The only exception I've had was a fairly complex format. Two
columns, many tables, formulae, ... It was possible to edit the
text with OO, but the screen formatting was awful. Using Word
for that one made it much easier.

I also do some teaching. Creating slides with OO and using them
on classroom Windows boxes works fine for m. My slides are
nearly all simple text, though. I'm not sure how well this would
work with complex layouts or extensive graphics.

A thread on "Throwing the Windows out with the viruses", on
a foreigners-in-China discussion board:

http://raoulschinasaloon.com/index.php?topic=2460.0
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