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The Challenge

by PinoyGuy_88 / March 1, 2007 6:58 PM PST

Yup, I've decided to go on a self-imposed challenge, to see if I can use for 1 university semester (March - July), without Microsoft Office co-existing on the same computer. This is to prove to myself that I can totally depend on an open-source office suite, and to see if I can still interact with my tutorial group members using the OpenDocument format. Happy

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the benefit
by benanzo / March 1, 2007 10:53 PM PST

of oo.o is also that you can make .doc files for those who only have ms word. I haven't used MS Office for almost 2 years. OO.o is wonderful, although querying a large dataset in OO.o Base (database app) could use some optimizations, but is still totally useable.

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Add the NeoOffice challange as well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 12:17 AM PST
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Re:The Challenge
by dim76 / March 2, 2007 6:44 AM PST

My wife has been using OpenOffice only since 2005. It's good enough for everything she needs to do for college - texts, spreadsheets, presentations. We do not have Microsoft Office at home at all.

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Yay, openoffice!
by SilasC / March 2, 2007 9:41 AM PST

I have a Mac so I use NeoOffice and Pages. I love both. I don't even have Office installed on this computer. Not that hard. Although I do use Office 2007 on my PC for larger files and presentations that need to be sent to a lot of people. While OO.o is good at doing .doc files, usually it has a few hiccups with big multipage, formatted documents. As far as a Office replacement, it is more than competent.

Best of luck to you. Although I honestly know that it won't be hard. I will forgive you though if you do end up using Office once or twice though.

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I've been using it
by gogomama / March 2, 2007 2:29 PM PST

I've been using Open Office for the past couple of semesters and I have to say it's pretty nice. The ONLY complaint I have (for what I've needed to use it for anyway) is the default equation editor is pretty bad. This might just be I hadn't given it enough of a chance, but for the few physics labs I had to submit a while back I got frustrated with it and ended up using Works (it came with my laptop).

If you end up happy with OO and deem your experiment a success next semester you should try using all open source software, or to make it a little easier everything open source except the OS. You can then try all open the semester after that. Happy It's really nice to be able to say "hmmm... I need a c++ n by n matrix solving library... oh Synaptic Package Manager, fetch!". Or if that's a bit much or specific, there are all kinds of fun packages to download and play with.

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