Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Aug 2005 16:35 UTC, submitted by Dennis Jakobsen
Features, Office The OpenOffice.org project has released the second beta of version 2 of their office suite. "This is our second beta of OpenOffice.org 2.0. That means it probably has bugs; use caution. Download, test it out, and file bug reports with the QA Project."
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Haicube
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2005-08-06

I guess that depends on what you're doing with them doesn't it?

I work a lot in spreadsheets (quite big ones) and do a lot of maths. And it's not rare that for instance MSO get sluggish after a short while.

Memory is not an issue for me personally, I got 2gb which these days are quite cheap and wouldn't mind wasting some memory for extra performance.

Besides, when you work with charts it also seems to be sluggish at times, that's where the extra speed and maths would probably come in handy.


I can see that many here think that wordprocessing is what it's all about, but frankly, that's the area I use them least for or demand functionality the least.

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nimble Member since:
2005-07-06

I work a lot in spreadsheets (quite big ones) and do a lot of maths. And it's not rare that for instance MSO get sluggish after a short while.

Even then it's going to spends its time less on actual calculations, but on interpreting your formulas and updating the representation of the results.

And do all those spreadsheets of yours even require integers bigger than 32 bits (4 billion)?

Floating-point numbers have always been 64-bit anyway.


Memory is not an issue for me personally

The issue isn't memory size but memory bandwidth. 64-bit pointers and registers require extra bandwidth and cache, so the 64-bit change by itself actually reduces performance.

It only gets beneficial when you need to address data greater than 2GB and your program requires integers bigger then 32 bit.


Besides, when you work with charts it also seems to be sluggish at times, that's where the extra speed and maths would probably come in handy.

You have fallen for the great 64-bit hype, even before it has started properly. Sadly, you're by no means the only one.

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