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[News] Wine Beautified, OpenOffice.org Similar Enough to Microsoft Office

  • Subject: [News] Wine Beautified, OpenOffice.org Similar Enough to Microsoft Office
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:51:21 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Wine: Improving Look And Feel

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| A lot of people complains about Wine looks. But not everyone realizes that 
| one can make it look neat easily. This article preents a few simple tips to 
| convert your default Wine to a special one.  


30 Similarities Between Microsoft Office Word and OpenOffice.org Writer

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| Using a new product requires some re-learning. That’s unavoidable. But you 
| rarely have to learn an entirely new set of skills—it’s just that the new 
| stuff sticks out at us. This article is to emphasize the similarities between 
| OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office; the things you don’t have to re-learn. I 
| hope that not only will this show some of the similarities but will show you 
| some shortcuts you might not have known about in either program.     



Stop Wine From Beating Your Windows Apps With The Ugly Stick

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| Ubuntu 8.04 is planned to have usability improvements for Wine, among these 
| improvements is a theme for Wine applications that matches the GTK theme. 
| Can’t wait until April?  


Wine is Getting Good

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| Wine is at version 0.9.47. As it nears version 1.0, it's becoming clear that 
| the goals of the project are being met. 


Office software shootout: OpenOffice.org Writer vs. Micosoft Word, round three

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| As in the previous two comparisons, Writer emerged as the winner in the 
| majority of categories. However, in many categories, the decision is not as 
| obvious as in previous comparisons. For the first time in several releases, 
| Word's designers seem to be making significant changes. These changes are not 
| always successful -- in fact, the reordering of menus into ribbons might be 
| seen by the cynical as an attempt to hide some long-term embarrassments, such 
| as the ongoing problems with master documents. But at least the effort is  
| being made. Writer, by contrast, seems to be standing still, and some of its 
| problems -- notably, cross-references -- are almost as long-neglected as some 
| of Word's.        
| As free software, Writer has advantages that Word is unlikely to match -- its 
| philosophy, its price, its easy availability, and its frequent updates. 
| However, speaking only in terms of functionality, Writer seems to be coasting 
| a little on its reputation. If that continues, its superiority may be eroded, 
| or dissolved altogether.    


Vietnam Switches to OpenOffice.org!

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| More than 20,000 computers from Party offices nationwide will switch to using 
| OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office from early 2008. 


Thailand: Egat turns to open source to cut costs

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| There are 7,000 PC units based on Open Office or 70 per cent of all 12,000 PC 
| units in the organisation. 


Dell Offers Ubuntu, What About OpenOffice?

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| According to the IdeaStorm website, pre-installed OpenOffice is 
| "Under Consideration," which appears to be just below "Coming 
| Soon" in their hierarchy of possible implementation. Let's
| hope it moves to "Already Offered" soon!


Open Office vs. Microsoft Office

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| This has been just a short overview comparing Open Office to Microsoft
| Office to demonstrate that you don't have to pay a lot of money to get
| a great Office Suite.  In fact, you may not have to spend any money to
| get a great Office Suite.


Microsoft Office or OpenOffice?

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| Let's turn to Microsoft Office. Again, it brings in a ton of 
| revenue to Redmond, even though there are full office productivity 
| suites that compete with it. My guess is that many of you can't 
| name one though -- and that is what Microsoft counts on, which is 
| branding power. The full-featured OpenOffice productivity suite 
| is pretty darn impressive (I've used it), and it's completely 
| free and interoperable with Microsoft Office (not sure about 
| Office 2007). Why don't more people use it then? Lack of knowing 
| it exists is a possibility, and having to download the suite or 
| order it for about $10 on CD may be obstacles. Plus, you can't 
| find it on Best Buy shelves. If customers start becoming smarter 
| and find out out about OpenOffice or even Google Inc.'s Google
| Apps, could a large piece of Microsoft's kingdom come 
| crashing down?
| [Disclosure: I own MSFT shares as of 5-29-07]


NeoOffice: It's Ready for Primetime

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| Four weeks ago I decided to try using Neo Office, the Open Source 
| word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing program. Neo 
| Office is based on Open Office which was created by Sun Microsystems,
| and then released out into the wild as an Open Source project. It 
| was developed to work on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.


Chinese software company to tailor OpenOffice

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| RedFlag produces a Chinese variation of OpenOffice.org called
| RedOffice. The company is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Science.


IBM Adds Lotus Notes Code To OpenOffice Project

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| The stakes are high as an increasing number of government and enterprise 
| software buyers are insisting that the applications they purchase conform to 
| internationally recognized standards.  


IBM to give OpenOffice the Outlook e-mail killer it needs?

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| Has the Outlook killer for OpenOffice finally arrived?
| OpenOffice is the most promising open source alternative to Microsoft Office 
| that runs on most Linux distributions, Windows, Macintosh and BSD but to date 
| it has lacked an integrated e-mail service such as the Outlook client that is 
| integrated in Microsoft Office.    


Why OpenOffice Needs IBM

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| Contributing to an open source Outlook effort would help IBM, OpenOffice, and 
| all of us in search of a great PIM-Email-Address Book solution. 


Touch of button opens up IBM open source technologies

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| The syndication tool allows users to access a wide range of open source 
| technologies across a variety of topics including Web 2.0 technologies, game 
| development and Web innovation through a web site called IBM developerWorks.  


Migrating a city government to OpenOffice

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| Dave Richards is an IT administrator for a city government. The city has been 
| using OpenOffice.org for about six years. Dave's a Linux guru, and helps run 
| an elegant, efficient Linux network with a nice big server and lots of fairly 
| old dumb terminals running OpenOffice.org at a very acceptable speed.   


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