openoffice bashing [was Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?]

Jon Dowland lists at
Tue Oct 3 10:15:44 BST 2006

Peter Garrett wrote:
 > On Mon, 02 Oct 2006 09:45:44 +0100
 > Scott James Remnant <scott at> wrote:
 >> In fact, I think the entire "Office Suite" concept is flawed.  It should
 >> be replaced by a set of simple and elegant programs that each work
 >> independently but whose results can be combined to produce work.

Here, here. In a perfect world, we could point at windows users and say 
"use office? This is what we use instead. Look how much better it is" 
rather than "your old broken routine works here, too!"

 > Which, if I understand correctly, is the "Unix Way" - and I agree.
 > Unfortunately, DE s like Gnome and KDE also have ( IMHO ) far too much
 > "integration".

I very much agree with you here, but:

 > ( for example, integrated CD burning, which works but is neither easily
 > discoverable for new users, nor as flexible as something like 
gnomebaker or
 > K3b).

I don't agree with this example. nautilus-cd-burner is a seperate 
package to nautilus: it back-ends to existing tools like cdrecord or 
growisofs, so it's not monolithic. Using the existing file-management 
metaphor is imho better and more consistent than inventing another 
interface for file management on writeable discs.

Jon Dowland

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