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Old 06-16-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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I was made aware of this program today, I went to the website checked it out and determined that I wanted to download and use it, if you would like to check it out for yourselves I think you will find it to be worth consideration, it is very similar to a Microsoft Suite Program, with one major difference it is FREE.

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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Open Office is an outstanding office suite that is MS-Office compatible, but it's free and completely legal. I use it and really like it.

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My apologies for the deletion. I mistook it for spam due to the recent bombardment that we've been seeing.

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Open office is one of the best "Unknown" programs out there. I spend a lot of time reccomending it to people who can't afford $300 for MS Office.

Open source programs are some of the most stable best programs out there. Linux which is an off shoot of Unix is better than both OS and Windows. They are more stable, take less processor and memory cycles than OS or widows.

I am in the process of starting to plan out a home file/internet server. I now have 80gig of music and video that is 80 gigs on my laptop and 80gigs on my desktop so I am losing 160gig of total HDD space. With my file server I can move it all to one spot and just link to it on my other PC. Linux will be the OS on my server. along with 2tb (terabyts) of HDD space.

Open office will do anything and everything MS Office does and it is more stable has many less bugs than MS Office and the best part it is FREE.

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Open Office is a great application suite. I moved our agency to Linux 3 years ago and we have saved over $248,000 in licensing costs compared to the micro$oft computing infrastructure. I am typing this post using a Asus eeE PC running Linux. The whole laptop fits in a large jacket pocket. All solid state to. No moving parts at all on the drive.

I would sooner do calculus on an etch-a-sketch than us a Micro$oft application or operating system for serious work.

That should cause a stir..

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I've not had good results with Open Office. I definately had compatibility issues between that and Micro Soft office. If I used Open Office in my own PC only... every thing was ok, if I sent a doc... it did not get to the recipient in any usable form. The recipient was not able to change, edit or salvage the doc in any usable format. Open Office particulary had problems translating bullets, symbols etc.

Due to the ill view of Sun by Micro Soft these issues will not likely be resolved. If this free software works fou you, then by all means enjoy it. I LOVE free

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I've not had good results with Open Office. I definately had compatibility issues between that and Micro Soft office. If I used Open Office in my own PC only... every thing was ok, if I sent a doc... it did not get to the recipient in any usable form. The recipient was not able to change, edit or salvage the doc in any usable format. Open Office particulary had problems translating bullets, symbols etc.
That's weird. I mostly deal with documents and spreadsheets and have had no compatibility problems switching between OpenOffice and MS-Office.

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Due to the ill view of Sun by Micro Soft these issues will not likely be resolved. If this free software works fou you, then by all means enjoy it. I LOVE free
That's the bottom line: if it works for you, knock yourself out.
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interesting, neither me or any of my 350 oo.org users have had any problems using our OpenOffice aginst any of the 200 plus government agencies still using Microsoft office.

The error was probably that the document was not saved as a .doc from Open Office. You do have a large choice of formats you can save your document in Open Office. See the menu when you do a "save as."

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