No more OOo in UNR 10.04

Mark C. Miller mr.mcmiller at
Tue Feb 9 11:05:43 UTC 2010

On Mon, 08 Feb 2010 13:52:56 +0100, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:

> On Mon, February 8, 2010 01:42, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>>> I'm curious, if you do an in-situ upgrade, not a clean reinstall, will
>>> 10.04 keep OpenOffice? I'd prefer that an upgrade keeps Openoffice.
>>> Just a minor detail though.
>> I think that as long as ubuntu-desktop doesn't depend on something
>> different OOo should upgrade correctly.  Even if it does, if you also
>> have that something different installed then OOo should upgrade
>> flawlessly.  (/should/)
> That's what I thought too.
> So this would only affect new users, and only on the Netbook Remix
> version. Big deal. It's a NETbook, you know... ;-)

I started this dog; didn';t think it would get so big ...!

Due to their cost (minimal) I have several students for whom their 
netbook will be their only computer. Mine, while not my only computer, is 
used extensively to take notes, develop and present presentations via 
Impress.  Had I not know about OOo from a my Ubuntu installs, it would 
have taken a lot fo work to find it -- work I'd likely have avoided in 
favor of the defaults that came with the system. It will also be their 
first time with linux.  They simply won't know there is an alternative.  
we'll miss an opportunity to show hundreds of new users (eventually 
thousands?) why OOo is a superior product.  It's called baby duck 
syndrome (BDS): the new user imprints with what's presented to them 
first.  They can change, but it takes time and maturity. Witness the love 
affair between eduction and Apple. 

They may not be many in the scheme of things, but it bothers me that 
we're going to loose those users, or at least a big chunk of them.

I haven't heard anyone say, but is Google Docs FOSS?  If not, that's 
another strike against it as far as I'm concerned.

I find it ironic that Ubuntu is abandoning Google as the default search 
engine in favor of Yahoo; then embracing Google as the default for UNR. 

scrape, scrape, scrape ... sound of soap box being dragged off stage.


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