Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[2]: Alas...
by Tim Locke on Sun 25th Nov 2012 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Alas..."
Tim Locke
Member since:
2006-03-23

Wouldn't a more sane strategy be to use LO/OOo internally and not export them outside of the company? Any document needing to be exported could be a PDF. LO and MSO (with a free plugin from MS) both can export as a PDF.

If you wanted to take it further, you could put a filter on the mail server not allowing doc/xls/ppt files and giving an error to the sender that such files are not allowed due to viruses and to try re-sending them as PDFs. This should fix the problem of opening stuff in LO/OOo and not seeing all of it. If people *really* need to send an MSO file, they can zip it.

If an office file needs to be edited on both internally and externally, shouldn't it be in Google Docs or a web app?

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RE[3]: Alas...
by ingraham on Sun 25th Nov 2012 20:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Alas..."
ingraham Member since:
2006-05-20

Wouldn't a more sane strategy be to use LO/OOo internally and not export them outside of the company?


That is precisely what we did. However, PDF was not always a workable solution. Customers often wanted editable files, especially with spreadsheets. At any rate, most of the issues were from docs sent to us, not what we sent out.

As for Google Docs, I'd be perfectly happy with it. I don't get to pick. I have to work with my customers, not force them to work with me.


... you could put a filter on the mail server not allowing doc/xls/ppt files and giving an error to the sender that such files are not allowed due to viruses and to try re-sending them as PDFs.


Again, my customers would not accept this. I would literally go out of business inside of a year if I refused documents from my customers like that. We have 50 employees, and many of our customers are Fortune 500 level. Seriously, if you sent an RFQ out to a vendor 1/100th your size and they complained they don't want your Microsoft Word file, would you bother with them ever again?

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RE[3]: Alas...
by zima on Wed 28th Nov 2012 10:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Alas..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

If you wanted to take it further, you could put a filter on the mail server not allowing doc/xls/ppt files and giving an error to the sender that such files are not allowed due to viruses and to try re-sending them as PDFs. This should fix the problem of opening stuff in LO/OOo

Blocking clients essentially like spam? And some people wonder why OSS advocates are sometimes not taken seriously...

(if anything, a filter of LO/OOo files in the other direction would be a more plausible solution - work internally in LO/OOo if you want to, but make sure to communicate with the outside world in MSO files, from the few computers which have MSO)

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RE[3]: Alas...
by Soulbender on Wed 28th Nov 2012 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Alas..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

This should fix the problem of opening stuff in LO/OOo and not seeing all of it. If people *really* need to send an MSO file, they can zip it.


it also fixes the problem where you have to deal with customers since you won't have any.

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