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Because $150 is totally worth typing and spell-checking a 2 page paper!



(I use Microsoft too, but OpenOffice has been really nifty on my netbook. And easy on the wallet of course.)
$50 for students~ and around $10-$20 for workers whose company is part of HUP.
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I should give Libre Office a try. I hate Open Office. Any time a Word document has any sort of fancy formatting, I know Open Office will completely choke on it. Open Office, in my experience, is less of an alternative to Word and more of an upgrade to WordPad.
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I use Libre Office
 
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I should give Libre Office a try. I hate Open Office. Any time a Word document has any sort of fancy formatting, I know Open Office will completely choke on it. Open Office, in my experience, is less of an alternative to Word and more of an upgrade to WordPad.
I highly doubt LibreOffice will be any different, at least in the short term.
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is it me or is Oracle dropping a lot of stuff?
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post #46 of 74
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i personally think libre office is a better name for it Open Office .Org always sounded a bit cheesey to me , libre can have a whole lot of meanings
Maybe it's where you live, here in California "libre" is mostly know for being "free" in Spanish, and sounds VERY cheesy due to the affiliations with white people trying to speak Spanish. That and anything that can be related to Mexicans can be found humorous.

This coming from a half white, half Mexican (Hispanic) person myself.

I wonder if libre office can ask for donations to buy the Open Office name...
Edited by Z Overlord - 4/22/11 at 9:45pm
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post #47 of 74
Regarding the name, I think that OpenOffice sounds better as well. However, OpenOffice is not the trademark that Oracle owns, it's OpenOffice.org, which sounds no better than LibreOffice.

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Yuck. And keep producing documents that aren't standard and thus won't work properly on alternative office suites.
Tell me about it. A simple RTF document with two words ends up containing pages of formatting junk that WordPad keeps to around 2 lines (which includes a comment as well, I believe).

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I should give Libre Office a try. I hate Open Office. Any time a Word document has any sort of fancy formatting, I know Open Office will completely choke on it.
OpenOffice compatibility depends on the file format being used. DOC is proprietary and closed, so it must be reverse engineered. Obviously this puts up barriers. If it's a DOCX file (or any file in the Office Open XML family), then it doesn't matter that the format is open, because Microsoft Office doesn't even support the "standard" that Microsoft has been pushing since Office 2007. Other office suites can only work with the available standards. If Microsoft chooses not to support the standards that they've so belligerently been pushing themselves, who's to blame?
    
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post #48 of 74
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Maybe it's where you live, here in California "libre" is mostly know for being "free" in Spanish, and sounds VERY cheesy due to the affiliations with white people trying to speak Spanish. That and anything that can be related to Mexicans can be found humorous.

This coming from a half white, half Mexican (Hispanic) person myself.

I wonder if libre office can ask for donations to buy the Open Office name...
The problem is that English doesn't have an unambiguous word for the concept.
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Regarding the name, I think that OpenOffice sounds better as well. However, OpenOffice is not the trademark that Oracle owns, it's OpenOffice.org, which sounds no better than LibreOffice.


Tell me about it. A simple RTF document with two words ends up containing pages of formatting junk that WordPad keeps to around 2 lines (which includes a comment as well, I believe).



OpenOffice compatibility depends on the file format being used. DOC is proprietary and closed, so it must be reverse engineered. Obviously this puts up barriers. If it's a DOCX file (or any file in the Office Open XML family), then it doesn't matter that the format is open, because Microsoft Office doesn't even support the "standard" that Microsoft has been pushing since Office 2007. Other office suites can only work with the available standards. If Microsoft chooses not to support the standards that they've so belligerently been pushing themselves, who's to blame?
Wait what? Every time I tried opening a damn DOCX file from someone who couldn't bother to change it to DOC I lose the first and last page of it in openoffice and libreoffice. And I've got the latest versions of both.
     
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i personally think libre office is a better name for it Open Office .Org always sounded a bit cheesey to me , libre can have a whole lot of meanings
What do you mean? Libre just means open in Spanish
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