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Desktop Office Suite?

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri 19 Sep 2008

KOffice  <-> 3% 82 votes
Open Office.org  <-> 72% 1840 votes
Other integrated Suite  <-> 0% 19 votes
Microsoft Office  <-> 11% 291 votes
Bits and Pieces  <-> 3% 100 votes
None  <-> 7% 178 votes
Total 2539 votes

 

 

 

Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by ajt (204.193.xx.xx) on Sat 20 Sep 2008 at 14:58
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At work I'm forced to use Microsoft Office on Windows systems. I almost never need to actually use the applications myself any more but I routinely receive office format files that I have too view/read.

At home I have little use for office applications, possibly slightly more than at work. When I switched to Linux initially I kept a Windows system at hand for working with Microsoft Office files but over time I found I used it less and less. Once Debian Sarge came out and OpenOffice became available I started to use it and binned Microsoft all together. I don't use it much but I find OpenOffice.org is plenty good enough for everything I do.

--
"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (70.110.xx.xx) on Sun 21 Sep 2008 at 05:10
At work we have both MS Office and OpenOffice installed. At home, I use OpenOffice exclusively: for big jobs, like when I was writing my thesis, there's no comparison between the two.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (193.75.xx.xx) on Sun 21 Sep 2008 at 17:41
LaTeX lets me write documents, and presentations. I edit them in emacs. What else do you need?

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (195.137.xx.xx) on Mon 22 Sep 2008 at 13:54
nano+mutt+cal. screw the spreadsheets

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (64.39.xx.xx) on Wed 24 Sep 2008 at 16:23
nano? you make me cry.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (147.102.xx.xx) on Wed 24 Sep 2008 at 16:21
A spreadsheet program. Python + gnuplot for me :).

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (84.133.xx.xx) on Wed 1 Oct 2008 at 00:50
awk or python ... depending on type of data and calculations to do ... output gnuplot ... glue is make!

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (194.72.xx.xx) on Mon 29 Sep 2008 at 18:53
That's Hardcore :-) haha

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (24.160.xx.xx) on Mon 22 Sep 2008 at 16:17
What, no option for google docs? Both my wife and I used that as our "office suite"

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by mcortese (213.70.xx.xx) on Fri 26 Sep 2008 at 13:51
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At work I use MS Office a lot, mostly Excel, and have reached quite a proficient level. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that all the VB macros that I carefully developed during work hours can run flawlessly and unmodified on OOo at home!

On the other side, there are some tricks I've become accustomed to, which don't seem to be possible with OOo. Or simply they are achievable in other ways and I haven't spent enough time with OOo to discover them yet!

For example: in Excel, if I set a filter to only display some rows, select the whole area, change the background to yellow, and then remove the filter, what I get is that only the filtered rows changed background. I couldn't find out how to do the same with OOo Calc.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by JulienV (90.26.xx.xx) on Sat 4 Oct 2008 at 09:51
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I also use Excel for work, and have more or less the same issues with OOo. I had even posted a blog entry about this: http://www.kirya.net/weblog/2007/11/24/ooocalc-limitations/

Read the comments, some have helped me a lot.

Cheers,
Julien

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by e5z8652 (206.174.xx.xx) on Sat 27 Sep 2008 at 00:36
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We're a Microsoft Shop at work, but with OpenOffice and ntfs-3g almost everything works flawlessly.

My only problem with OpenOffice is that one of the Excel spreadsheets I have to work with is password protected.

I can open and read it just fine, but I can't save changes without nuking the password.

Bummer.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Arthur (76.74.xx.xx) on Sun 28 Sep 2008 at 08:15
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Office *suite*??? Nah... Abiword and gnumeric. I keep my schedule kinds of things in Thinking Rock, and do project planning/tracking with Task Juggler.

At that, my primary use for gnumeric is to make CSV and TSV files more easily viewable, and I mainly use Abiword to view the email that one of my clients insists on writing in Word and sending as a MIME attachment.

Could be I'm a bit of a Luddite.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by kiwipete (202.8.xx.xx) on Mon 29 Sep 2008 at 03:57
I use MS Office at work. At home, I use OpenOffice for easy stuff, but really have to use MS Office for spreadsheet macros. I just cannot get to grips with OOo's macro language.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (77.193.xx.xx) on Wed 1 Oct 2008 at 15:37
I use openoffice almost everyday and I can tell that is a very great suit office. What I like is to improve the stability of the 2.3 version and if possible steel to improve the time of the loading, which was already much improved.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (94.37.xx.xx) on Sun 5 Oct 2008 at 02:24
I don't use very much office applications, but my favourite is OpenOffice.org, just because it's the one I use more, and because it's almost the same when running on GNU/Linux (at home and on some PCs at work), on MS Windos (at work) ando on Mac Os X (on my father house), so I'm always very efficient and don't need to learn anything new.
What's more, since OpenOffice is distributed also as a portable app, I put it on my USB stick and use it anywhere posssible!

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (67.204.xx.xx) on Mon 6 Oct 2008 at 20:59
I use Microsoft Office at work; we have Word 2000 on one of our home computers; all have openoffice installed also. I'm an advanced MS Office user and frequently write VBA. Translating them to OpenOffice macros is a bear; the problem also that I'm not as familiar with OpenOffice macro objects. However, I like and use both of them. OpenOffice is particularly nice because it's free, quite powerful and robust; however it lacks some of the features of MS Office. Use what's best for you. :-)

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by endecotp (86.7.xx.xx) on Thu 9 Oct 2008 at 18:32
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OpenOffice makes me puke. Why do we not yet have something with the functionality and usability that FrameMaker had (on Solaris) 15 years ago?
I use gnumeric and abiword when necessary. Not that they're really any better than OpenOffice, but somehow they make me feel less sick when I have to use them. What I lack is something that will read PowerPoint files when I occasionally need to view them.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by morgainebrigid (75.92.xx.xx) on Fri 10 Oct 2008 at 01:38
I use Star Office 5.2. It came free with a computer I bought in 95 and was the first office suite I learned. Later I found that I could download it free. I
do desktop publishing, and I use the 'image' and 'draw' features together.
When I tried OpenOffice, it was missing one or the other, I can't remember which..
I've never needed anything else.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by cloakable (86.165.xx.xx) on Sun 12 Oct 2008 at 17:44
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I use KOffice here - the KParts integration into KDE is really useful for me, and because it links to the kdelibs, it starts fast for me too.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (85.30.xx.xx) on Tue 14 Oct 2008 at 09:26
I once teached a class using MSO 95 and Staroffice 5.1. They definately found theur way better in Staroffice menues, and i think they still will in comparision. I have no idea why the school stubbornly tries to make pupils think they need Microsoft, that cost us taxpauers ans student money, and have caused much unesessary grief. Shools shoud teach general knowleddge and let pupils try different program and choose themselves.
Today in my company we use only OpenOffice as office suite.
On a similar issue, why do we still learn to type on keyboard that have keys arranged by mechanical limitations of the first typewriters, and not in ergonomical ways, like Dvorak??

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by mcortese (213.70.xx.xx) on Thu 16 Oct 2008 at 09:36
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On a similar issue, why do we still learn to type on keyboard that have keys arranged by mechanical limitations of the first typewriters, and not in ergonomical ways, like Dvorak??

Even worse so if you have to use an Italian keyboard: I don't know who ever invented this layout with missing backtick (`) and tilde (~), but featuring hardly useful keys like degree (�) and section sign (�), plus a totally useless cedilla (�) which is not even a letter of the Italian alphabet.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (193.128.xx.xx) on Thu 23 Oct 2008 at 15:56
Hope you weren't teaching spelling.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Stiopa (87.205.xx.xx) on Sun 19 Oct 2008 at 21:14
Suit? Abiword and gEdit with a pack of plugins and dictionaries are more handy and I do use them a lot.

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Re: Desktop Office Suite?
Posted by Anonymous (84.73.xx.xx) on Tue 21 Oct 2008 at 22:08
I'm forced to use MS Office at work. Whenever I must use word I spent about 75% of the time with clicking and dragging and searching for some menu points which are just too hard to find. At home I use linux and latex to write documents. I think it's much easier to work with.

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