[NetBehaviour] OpenOffice vs. Microsoft “standards”.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Dec 4 23:34:56 CET 2005
OpenOffice vs. Microsoft “standards”
Lately I have been using OpenOffice.org 2.0 for my word processing and
spreadsheet needs. Initially, I decided to try it to boost my
self-esteem as a supporter of Open Source, in much the same way I can
fool myself about the damage my frequent flying does to the environment
as long as I recycle all my beer bottles. But then I found it to open
faster and be just as effective as Microsoft Office for my basic
clerical tasks. It’s not perfect, but I’m sticking to it for now, slowly
migrating my work flow from MS Office.
Like web browsers and email readers, office software is an important
test case for Open Source, simply because this is software that most
people need to use every day. Public and private organizations that have
tried to migrate to open platforms have frequently been scared off by
the lack of basic productivity software. Bureaucrats are not geeks. So
when the French tax agency switches to Linux and OpenOffice.org, it’s
not because they love Open Source. They do it because it’s cheaper and
better for them.
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