basic - continued

Tero Pesonen ubuntu-users at
Sat Feb 6 16:40:42 UTC 2010

On Sat, 2010-02-06 at 16:20 +0000, Chris Jones wrote:
> Hi,
> > No, it isn't. It is the comparison I, for example, had to do at work:
> > WinXP with Office 2003 or Ubuntu 9.04 with which ever version of OOo I
> > prefer. 
> Nothing is stopping you buying a newer version of MS office...

Yes, something is: The ICT administration.

> If the point you are trying to make is OO is free, so you can upgrade
>  whenever you want, 

Not necessarily. This depends on where one uses it and on whose

> whereas MS office isn't free, then great. A very
>  fair and valid point. But on a purely technically level it is not fair
>  to compare a 6 year old obsolete application to the latest and
>  greatest of another, when an upgrade for the older package is
>  available (free or otherwise).

In my case, as in many others, that was the only comparison possible.
The admin will either give me a laptop with WinXP and Office 2003, or
one with Ubuntu. So, how is this comparison unfair? Office 2003 is not
obsolete. It is supported by MS (though I do not know for how long
still). The last SP for it was released in 2007. Unlike home users,
enterprises do not upgrade Office every year.

Tero Pesonen

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