Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2006 17:36 UTC, submitted by Hands
Features, Office "OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 is available today. This release is recommended for everyone. It contains some new features, fixes many small bugs, and resolves numerous issues. The community have further added import filters for Quattro Pro 6 and Microsoft Word 2. As well, other import filters have been improved and it is now easier to use mail merge. Integration with the KDE address book is now possible. The appearance has also been enhanced, and for Linux users, there are new icon sets for KDE and GNOME."
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OOo = Next Big Thing
by mike hess on Thu 9th Mar 2006 18:19 UTC
mike hess
Member since:
2005-08-22

Seems like Firefox is getting a lot of buzz in the mainstream IT world lately, but the buzz on Open Office is going to be double that very soon.

From the average user's perspective, it may be difficult to get them to switch from one browser to another when both are free of cost.

However, Open Office's competition costs $150 for the "Student Teacher Edition", and functionality is pretty much equal.

Firefox & OpenOffice: Free Software's One-Two punch at mainstream acceptance.

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RE: OOo = Next Big Thing
by SEJeff on Thu 9th Mar 2006 18:41 in reply to "OOo = Next Big Thing"
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

Well said. With Novell's work on integrating Visual Basic macro support into OpenOffice.org that will soon be released to the community, that takes away the number one reason for not migrating to OO.o.

Visual Basic Spreadsheet Macro:
http://www.novell.com/products/desktop/img/preview_screenshots/OOoM...

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RE: OOo = Next Big Thing
by kaiwai on Fri 10th Mar 2006 09:10 in reply to "OOo = Next Big Thing"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

The sad reality, however, Polytechnics and Universities teach people how to 'use Word' rather than 'learn how to word process', so what you have are legions of computer, business and the likes, who are trained solely to use Microsofts Office products.

So in the end, if students RELY on learning the functionality of Word whilst studying, they NEED the actual word product so that they can learn the step-by-step processes needed to accomplish a task.

If it were just a matter of handing in reports, then sure, but that isn't the case - until businesses start demanding "OpenOffice.org skills' and educational providers start giving 'OpenOffice.org training', OpenOffice.org, and its commercial bretheren will always be considered the 'outsider' in reference to its use in an office and education market.

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RE[2]: OOo = Next Big Thing
by dylansmrjones on Fri 10th Mar 2006 09:37 in reply to "RE: OOo = Next Big Thing"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

In my classes at CEU Herning we do learn to use MS-applications, but most software we're using is FLOSS, actively coerced by our teachers (and those of us who use Linux on daily basis).

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RE[2]: OOo = Next Big Thing
by mike hess on Sat 11th Mar 2006 00:01 in reply to "RE: OOo = Next Big Thing"
mike hess Member since:
2005-08-22

That doesn't really matter. OOo is Office-Like to a fault.

Last week, i was in a Database management class where the teacher was teaching Access. I was able to follow his examples identically on my Ubuntu-Dapper Laptop using OOo Base.

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