Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 24th Jan 2011 08:42 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers met last week in Dallas to make final design decisions about the popular Linux distribution's features and decided to use LibreOffice for its office suite."
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Of Course, But....
by SeanParsons on Mon 24th Jan 2011 10:04 UTC
SeanParsons
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2011-01-11

Of course we all expected this and I even agree with the decision. Hopefully we will see a good UI refresh soon and some new work under the hood. But, Libre Office seems to choke on some of the extensions I currently use in OOo, particularly dMaths, which is exceedingly useful for me.

I'm going to reevaluate whether or not it is time to switch primarily to Google Docs, go back to LaTeX, or something else. The problem is finding something with a friendly enough UI and decent formula editing.

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RE: Of Course, But....
by flanque on Mon 24th Jan 2011 10:28 in reply to "Of Course, But...."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I'm thinking Lotus 1-2-3 3.0 for DOS.

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RE: Of Course, But....
by paulius on Mon 24th Jan 2011 10:33 in reply to "Of Course, But...."
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2011-01-24

You should try lyx. For me it is one the most easy tools to use and formula editing is very fast and intuitive.

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RE: Of Course, But....
by No it isnt on Mon 24th Jan 2011 11:56 in reply to "Of Course, But...."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

LaTeX made me learn Emacs. That was back when I used a Mac, which either says something about the state of the LaTeX tools for OS X in 2004, or perhaps that Emacs + AUCTeX is such a good LaTeX platform that it's worth using even when it integrates with the OS like a vacuum cleaner integrates with a dishwasher. Sadly, I no longer have any use for LaTeX, since I'm pretty much forced to use LibreOffice or other MS Word compatible word processors.

The UI in AUCTeX is friendly enough, but keyboard oriented. Try a few tutorials, and you'll soon find it's more efficient than WYSIWYG.

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RE: Of Course, But....
by JPisini on Mon 24th Jan 2011 21:13 in reply to "Of Course, But...."
JPisini Member since:
2006-01-24

You can remove Libre and install OO by hand if you prefer that. The only difference is you will have to check for updates separately. Just because the distro comes with it doesn't mean you can't change it.

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RE: Of Course, But....
by broken_symlink on Mon 24th Jan 2011 21:54 in reply to "Of Course, But...."
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2005-07-06

Try Lotus Symphony. I've been using it on os x as an alternative to OO. Its pretty good.

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RE[2]: Of Course, But....
by Morgan on Tue 25th Jan 2011 04:29 in reply to "RE: Of Course, But...."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I like Symphony, but on a mediocre system like my netbook (which I am forced to use as my main system until I replace a power supply in the Beast) it tends to choke. LibreOffice, so far, runs fairly well under WinXP on it, and I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 for the time being on the *nix side so I've got OOo there. Then again, my few and far between office software needs could be adequately supported by Abiword and Gnumeric, if there were stable working versions of both for Windows. Abiword runs great on the XP side of this machine but Gnumeric is a bit unstable.

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