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Re: [News] eWeek is Impressed by OpenOffice.org 2.3

____/ Linonut on Friday 30 November 2007 16:44 : \____

> * DFS fired off this tart reply:
>> Linonut wrote:
>>> Some guy was telling me about the MS Office 2007 he got with his
>>> military discount.  Cost something like $70.  Whoo!
>> I've seen a couple magazines recommend it over MS Office recently, due to
>> the price.  Scary.
> Hey, most people would be perfectly happy with WordPad.
>>> This guy really liked Outlook 2007, too.  But he was not at fond of
>>> the ribbon interface, and was very irked about how hard it was to
>>> find the functions he wanted to use.  He wondered why MS "moved
>>> everything around".
>> You OSS wacks are so very fond of saying "if you don't like it fix it
>> yourself", so...
>> http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338202.aspx
> Ooooh, what a new concept.  Not.  Even Windows apps have had XML
> customization for years.
> Anyway, the new interface has one big-ass defect shared by the older
> interfaces, at least for me.
> It takes up too much goddam screen real-estate.
> Anyway, so now the guy has get used to someone's arbitrary set of
> customizations?
> All because he's using a word processor that /does/ /not/ /know/ /how/
> /to/ /format/ /text/ /for/ /the/ /user/ !!!!!
> The user should mostly have to type.  But, with Word (and OpenOffice),
> they also have to select text, find things to click, and keep doing it
> until it looks like the format they want.
> Talk about a major step backward from word processors such as LyX!

LyX is an excellent program (brilliant even!). Its handling of references,
simplicity, speed... can't be compared to other bloatware. You can even edit
the LyX files with just a standard text editor like nedit (done that before),
essentially doing the equivalent of working on XML like ODF. This can be handy
if all you have is terminal access. The good thing about all this is that your
presentation/document is easily accessible even 20 years from now. It also
looks the same.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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