[Ubuntu-SG] Ubuntu Users in Singapore
kohsuhaw at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 01:43:04 BST 2008
Hi Chew EK,
2008/8/6 Chew EK <chew4097 at gmail.com>
> 1. I recently bought an Asus eeePC. I already researched the eeePC's
> Xandros OS, and have decided to replace it with Ubuntu. But before
> purchase, I wanted to see how knowledgeable the sales person was about
> Linux. It came as no surprise that I was disappointed about her lack of
> knowledge. In fact, while talking to the sales person, I noticed other
> browsing customers were more interested in the Windows version.
Will you be replacing Xandros with eeebuntu ? Do share your experience.
It is normal for customers for customers who don't know better to prefer
windows. But there are some promising signs. A couple months back when I
bought a eeePC at Harvey Norman at Funan Square basement, the sales guy
there knew only the basics, but he was friendly and quick to learn.
> 2. I recently tried to edit a document in OpenOffice. It was an old MS
> Word file, and I no longer have Windows and MSOffice installed in anything.
> Importing the document into OO resulted in a mess. In the end, I resorted
> to re-typing the entire document in native OO format (odt file). Then, I
> hit on another problem. I couldn't send the odt file to anyone else. I
> have to send a converted pdf instead. But some of the recipients need a MS
> doc file, so I save a doc copy and send that. Unfortunately, opening the
> doc in MSOffice showed some differences in formatting. I have to borrow a
> friend's PC, and after many trial and errors, I finally got the odt and doc
> to be exactly the same.
Have you tried Abiword ? OOo is good when you need the range of Office
apps. Abiword is more focussed on just the word processing module and does
not offer the other office modules. Personally, I use Abiword and Gnumeric
which meets most of my needs, and power up OOo only when I need to read the
The other option is Google Docs. That way, you can share your documents
without the need to send large attachments everywhere.
> 3. A while back, I started this social group in ubuntuforums: Kiasu Ubuntu
> Users <http://ubuntuforums.org/group.php?groupid=167>. Looking at the
> posts, you can see I am mainly talking to myself over there, lol.
Okay, I have signed up there but not frequented it much. Will try to do so
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