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[SLUG] StarOffice 5.2 vs Microsoft Word
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- Subject: [SLUG] StarOffice 5.2 vs Microsoft Word
- From: luke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue Sep 5 11:51:02 2000
We have been having a little discussion about StarOffice 5.2 vs
Microsoft Word. I was interested in whether it's possible to ditch
Word in favour of SO. I just thought I'd pass it on, as people here
may be interested.
Executive summary seems to be: you could, but it would cost you, maybe
more than you'd save.
Unquoted bits are me (`l>').
On 5 Sep, Andrew Dorrell wrote:
a> In short, everyone would have to change over to staroffice
a> if it were to work which I would not suggest for a moment.
l> Why not, just out of interest?
a> 1. It may work within the office... but then try sending a document to
a> someone outside...
I assume you'd ask them what they wanted, and then send text or rtf or
word, or an SO file (in that likely order).
> 2. Word/Excel are better products. They run more efficiently for
Though I've used it happily to edit Word documents that crash Word, and
save them back as Word, and then successfully use Word.
a> I didn't mean to imply that word/excel didn't suck ;)
a> Star office is still relatively imature and their future
a> development path / support is not clear IMO. SO is designed as a
a> monolith - just what unix doesn't like or want.
I think this is the killer issue. It uses too much memory.
And the same attitude carries over in the way it tries to become your
desktop, which I also dislike.
a> As the unix camp is not
a> in control of it I expect it will get some major architectural mods or
a> will go into decline (depending on source quality).
Agreed. Though since it is being GPL-ed this month or next month, the
Unix camp will be getting control.
a> 3. Everybody in the office has already some exposure and familiarity
a> with Word/Excel. Not such an issue for technical people like ourselves
a> - but it makes a big difference for many people.
It'd be interesting to see. My experience is that people who can use
Word can use SO. But you have to give a bit of a push because it is a
> NB I don't even use Star Office under linux here at work because I find
> it more effective (in terms of communicating with others) to either use
> plain text or use Word (via metaframe). I use start office at home -
> but that's different.
I prefer plain text, and at work I use FrameMaker, and at home I use
a> BTW - I use latex too and have submitted a number of documents to ISO
a> in pdf generated from latex. As things are shaping, pdf is a better
a> document delivery format than word (or postscript) as, in general,
a> the documents seem to be very portable and print predicatably - all
a> credit to Adobe for making this happen!
a> Also, playing with the image editor in Star office is pleasantly