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OpenOffice vs. Google Apps

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| I could continue, but I would only be repeating the same refrain. Compared to 
| OpenOffice.org, Google Apps is a sub-standard set of productivity tools. It 
| might fare slightly better against KOffice and AbiWord and Gnumeric, two 
| other FOSS office suites that have traditionally been less full-featured than 
| OpenOffice.org, but not significantly so.    
| Similarly, you might find network apps that would far better than Google 
| Apps, although they are less well-known. But, again, the advantage would lie 
| with FOSS.  
| Which leads to one simple question: With all these politically free, 
| feature-rich alternatives available for the download, why would anyone choose 
| to work with Google Apps?  
| This is one case in which free software philosophy and pragmatism are in 
| complete agreement. Once the novelty wears off, Google Apps is simply an 
| inferior set of tools.  


Open Source App Suites: Try the Individual Components

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| Many web workers avoid the cost of Microsoft Office productivity applications 
| by using alternatives, including hosted applications online such as Google 
| Docs and Zoho’s applications. Even if you’ve already settled on some Office 
| alternatives for core productivity applications such as word processing and 
| spreadsheets, though, it’s worth looking at some of the free applications 
| found in open source productivity suites.     



Washington DC latest to drop Microsoft for web apps

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| Washington D.C. has joined 500,000+ businesses and organizations in moving
| its communication and productivity tools into the cloud. Vivek Kundra, CTO
| for the District, signed an agreement with Google to migrate the
| organization's 38,000 employees to Google Apps, the search giant's web-based
| offering of communication and productivity tools. Washington D.C. is a
| not-insignificant win for Google, and yet another blow to Microsoft's
| incumbent Office suite, as a surge of web apps steadily replaces their
| desktop counterparts.


Gameloft Moves 1,000 Desktops to Ubuntu Linux

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| “It’s been a pretty big deployment, well over 1000 desktops and it’s been a
| huge success,” crows the source. “Ubuntu does the same job [as Windows] for
| zero cash. The most painful thing about the change over was moving to
| Thunderbird from Outlook. No one has batted an eyelid about moving to Gnome.”


CEO's Diary: Linux?

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| He has a set a number of practical tests. One was to test transitions to
| Windows Vista or Linux. People resisted both, but one no more than the other.
| So why not Linux?
| As important, he’s tested Open Office on a trial group. After very little
| effort in translation most could hardly spot the difference from a Microsoft
| product. After all, most people hardly use any of the features in either.
| The big issue now is email management. If we can manage that and diary
| scheduling OK (which is a big question) the real issue is when some Linux
| platforms are now very stable and have long term support, why are we
| Microsoft based?

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