Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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Latex is fine but you can't expect the general public to adopt that, the learning curve is just too high. I love it, I use it for almost everything I do except things that require heave page composition since it falls quite outside latex job description. Hell, since I found out about TikZ I hardly launch up Visio anymore, and most of my presentations are done in latex too ;)

I'm a scientist and everyone I know (almost) is using latex, and people that stick to word see the light very quickly because word's math rendering and workflow is still light years behind latex. When you get the hang of it, writing equations in latex is very fast, and you can copy/change your equations easily. Referencing is easy too. But it's really targeted at specific needs, namely scientific articles and book production, not the general population. I wouldn't even recommend doing something that doesn't require maths or referencing in latex, because the latest versions of Word are fine.

In the end, if you leave out the philosophical choices aside, Word is still better than OOo for me. I don't like using Word or Powerpoint, but each time I use OOo I get frustrated very fast for many reasons. It's a good thing that I hardly ever need something other than latex.

Edited 2011-04-20 07:06 UTC

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