Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 22:13 UTC, submitted by Lord John
Features, Office The OpenOffice Project has sent a letter to Michael Dell, showering praise on Dell's chairman and CEO and asking him to consider pre-loading OpenOffice onto PCs. The letter is the result of a flood of requests on Dell's online suggestion box, IdeaStorm, for Dell PCs pre-loaded with both Linux operating systems and the open-source suite of desktop productivity applications. John McCreesh, marketing project lead for OpenOffice.org, also asked Dell to consider making a financial contribution to the software's development.
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RE[3]: Not going to help
by llanitedave on Tue 13th Mar 2007 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not going to help"
llanitedave
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2005-07-24

I haven't seen a Word Processing Suite yet who's format WASN'T non-intuitive in some major ways. Open Office is no worse in that respect than any of the others, but it could certainly stand some improvement anyway.

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RE[4]: Not going to help
by systyrant on Wed 14th Mar 2007 18:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Not going to help"
systyrant Member since:
2007-01-18

Some are better than OpenOffice by a mile and other are not. With that said though it's all about personal preference. I like WordPerfect and find most of it's functions intuitive and well placed, but other (most of whom come from a Word background) find it hard to use.

OpenOffice is good for basic word processing task using basic formatting. Complex formatting just simply can't be done in OpenOffice (or done easily) in my experience.

An example of complex formatting would be to have multiple columns in the footer or header. Another example would be to have multiple columns (with out tables) in the body that end a third of the way down and start again a third of the way to the bottom. However, that kind of complex formatting probably isn't used that often. ;)

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