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  • Dan Kegel
    Thanks for the info, Dafydd. There is an open crash bug report on Write ( http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=4386 ; login might be required to
    Message 1 of 6 , May 22, 2002
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      Thanks for the info, Dafydd.
      There is an open crash bug report on Write
      ( http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=4386 ;
      login might be required to view that page)
      but none yet on Calc. Do you have any documents that
      reliably cause crashes that you'd be willing to share?
      I'd be happy to help push for a fix for those crashes.
      Cheers,
      Dan

      Dafydd Walters wrote:
      >
      > Greeting Dan, LUGs,
      >
      > We use MS Office at work, and decided to give OpenOffice.org (for Windows) a
      > try. A few of us used it exclusively for a few days instead of MS Office.
      > Briefly, here's what we found.
      >
      > Our tests were limited to Write (Word replacement) and Calc (Excel
      > replacement).
      >
      > Compatibility:
      >
      > We found that Write and Calc were both able to successfully open all Word
      > and Excel documents we tried, even complex ones. However, when we printed
      > documents in Write, we found that some of the field codes were interpreted
      > differently, but more seriously, there were some nasty rendering bugs that
      > caused text to overlay pictures, and appear at unusual font sizes.
      >
      > Stability:
      >
      > As long as we were dealing strictly with Write and Calc files, there did not
      > seem to be any stability problems. However, when working with Word and
      > Excel files, the programs crashed several times either during document load,
      > or save.
      >
      > Conclusion:
      >
      > The compatibility and stability problems prohibit us from switching from MS
      > Office company-wide at this time. However, we have made the decision not to
      > opt for the MS subscription, since OpenOffice shows sufficient promise that
      > once the bugs have been ironed out, we should be able to switch to it.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Dafydd.
    • J. Lucha
      Dafydd, Just out of curiousity, what version did you evaluate. Was it the StarOffice Beta, or did you use OpenOffice? As a side note to those that are going
      Message 2 of 6 , May 22, 2002
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        Dafydd,

        Just out of curiousity, what version did
        you evaluate. Was it the StarOffice Beta, or
        did you use OpenOffice?

        As a side note to those that are going to take up Dan's challenge and
        evaluate it for several days. I know that being able to use Microsoft's
        formats will be important, but I think evaluating its usefulness with
        it's own built-in formats is also very important. At our work, we are
        evaluating it on it's ability to DISPLAY Word and Excel files. Any
        modification or new documents will be saved in the StarOffice/OpenOffice
        native format. Part of the point is not just having a cheaper office
        suite, but having open file formats.

        -Jim
      • J. Lucha
        Dan, We have decided not to sign up for Software Assurance 6.0 and are evaluating StarOffice. I ll let you know how it goes. If anyone is willing to write an
        Message 3 of 6 , May 22, 2002
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          Dan,

          We have decided not to sign up for Software Assurance 6.0 and are
          evaluating StarOffice.

          I'll let you know how it goes.

          If anyone is willing to write an extensive review with all the
          positives/negatives, and workaround solutions please let me know.
          I am starting a web site providing information on alternatives to
          Microsoft software, and am looking for contributions. Please contact
          me if you are interested in contributing.

          -Jim
        • Dafydd Walters
          ... We were testing OpenOffice.org 1.0. ... From: J. Lucha To: Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 11:17 PM
          Message 4 of 6 , May 23, 2002
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            > Just out of curiosity, what version did
            > you evaluate. Was it the StarOffice Beta, or
            > did you use OpenOffice?

            We were testing OpenOffice.org 1.0.

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "J. Lucha" <jim@...>
            To: <lalugs@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 11:17 PM
            Subject: Re: [lalugs] Re: Let's have some Microsoft Office users try Open
            Office...


            > Dafydd,
            >
            > Just out of curiousity, what version did
            > you evaluate. Was it the StarOffice Beta, or
            > did you use OpenOffice?
            >
            > As a side note to those that are going to take up Dan's challenge and
            > evaluate it for several days. I know that being able to use Microsoft's
            > formats will be important, but I think evaluating its usefulness with
            > it's own built-in formats is also very important. At our work, we are
            > evaluating it on it's ability to DISPLAY Word and Excel files. Any
            > modification or new documents will be saved in the StarOffice/OpenOffice
            > native format. Part of the point is not just having a cheaper office
            > suite, but having open file formats.
            >
            > -Jim
            >
            >
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