Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 21:49 UTC
Editorial "I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years. Last January, I got a new Dell Latitude D630 laptop and decided to install Kubuntu on it, but within a few weeks, I went back to GNOME. Does this mean GNOME is now a better desktop than KDE, or just that I have become so accustomed to GNOME that it's hard for me to give it up?"
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RE[4]: Challenge yourself
by elsewhere on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 04:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Challenge yourself"
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Would it be ethical and advantageous perhaps for KOffice 2 to fork some of the legacy input filters for MS Office from the OpenOffice codebase?

It's a natural question, and it's come up in the past. Certainly it would be advantageous and would be within licensing guidelines. Ethical? I'll let the philosophers argue that point, other than to say I don't think it would be unethical.

But from what I gather, the devs have run into two core problems with the OOo2 source; first, it's somewhat of a spaghetti mess of code that is difficult to work with, some of it dating back a decade or more, and second, that the nature of the way OOo2 manages document formats is structurally different from KOffice, and would require a major refactoring (basically a re-write) in order to adopt the MSO compatibility. So they've looked at it, but determined it's not feasible.

This does suck, because I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I vastly prefer KOffice to OOo2 because I find it much "lighter" and far better integrated with KDE, but yet the minimal MSO compatibility is a deal-breaker since I have no choice but to deal with MSO files at work. Yet OOo2 I find to be a very clunky and somewhat dated app to use, though with more useful functionality than KOffice. The worst part is that neither works well enough for what I need, so I'm stuck with VirtualBox and Office2003. Would that it was otherwise... ;)

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