KOffice vs. OpenOffice

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Mon Sep 29 13:12:53 BST 2008

Valter Mura wrote:

> Il lunedì 29 settembre 2008 09:35:01 Willy Hamra ha scritto:
>> not any faster, in MS office 2007, try pasting 2 pages, with at least
>> one picture in them, happy waiting :P it took about 1 minute on a 3.0
>> GHz CPU! OOo has only one problem with MS files, and that is fonts!
>> the use of different fonts by the 2 suites is really a problem. some
>> guy comes in with a MS office 2003 doc file, using some fancy font
>> (one of the fonts supplied by MS office, not a custom one), i open it
>> with OOo, and... looks horrible in some normal font. that's one of the
>> reasons i keep MS office installed on all my windows PCs, in case i
>> can't print it from kubuntu.
> And this is due to the reckless evolution of the computer market...
> 90% of computers has Windows and we must fight against these things...

That's awfully naive.  As a Linux user I believe in _Freedom_ to use the
software you want.  That means that if, for various poorly-thought reasons,
my colleagues are using Word, I absolutely need to be able to read and
write Word documents.  And because I'm a decent person, it doesn't mean I
rewrite them in some Open format before sending them back, and then
complain because they won't accept them.

>> > Also OO used to open the whole office at the same time so that
>> > switching between writing and spread sheet did not mean any more
>> > loading. Does it still?
>> not sure about the version supplied by ubuntu, but the windows version
>> does. it starts blazing fast since it's always preloaded, and even
>> when not, switching application is fast.
> Yes, if you run "ooffice" OOo opens without starting a doc. In this way
> OOo is faster...

What a joke!  OO takes _minutes_ to open most docs I get off the net.


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