Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2006 18:45 UTC
Linux "As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS - such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors - such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker - can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format, a breeze."
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RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity
by ma_d on Wed 1st Mar 2006 21:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stallman Stupidity"
ma_d
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2005-06-29

When I'm in doubt I usually send a .doc and a PDF. But if your documents are very large I could see how that would become a problem!

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RE[4]: Stallman Stupidity
by codergeek42 on Thu 2nd Mar 2006 01:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Stallman Stupidity"
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2006-01-07

The PDF spec allows for built-in compression (LZW, if I'm not mistaken); but it's just that not many apps actually use it (perhaps due to patent issues?). For example, OO.org's PDF Export outputs uncompressed PDFs. What I usually do is put it in a zip file, as those seem to be the most "cross-OS" portable in terms of the support already built-in on Windows and other OSes mostly by default.

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