[ubuntu-za] OLE object in OOO Spreadsheet

Hannes Coetzee scorpking at scorpking.za.org
Sun Mar 14 16:50:02 GMT 2010

On 14/03/2010 17:48, Robin Bownes wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 17:34 +0200, Hannes Coetzee wrote:
>> On 14/03/2010 17:00, Robin Bownes wrote:
>>> On Sun, 2010-03-14 at 11:07 +0200, Tim Johnson wrote:
>>>> Does this article help?
>>>> http://linuxtopia.org/online_books/office_guides/microsoft_office_to_openoffice_migration/openoffice_migration_Object_Linking_and_Embedding_(OLE)_0602MG-SharingFilesWithMSOUsers.html  <http://linuxtopia.org/online_books/office_guides/microsoft_office_to_openoffice_migration/openoffice_migration_Object_Linking_and_Embedding_%28OLE%29_0602MG-SharingFilesWithMSOUsers.html>
>>>> -- 
>>>> Using Ubuntu 9.10 and Opera 10
>>> Thanks Tim,
>>> I did look at it, and unfortunately, although all of my settings are 
>>> just as they specify here, Calc can still not even properly convert 
>>> the OLE object, never-mind open it. Did get my hopes up for a moment 
>>> though.
>>> Unfortunately looking like we'll be losing an Ubuntu convert back to 
>>> MS due to this since this is something that she will have to be able 
>>> to do on an ongoing basis for this company
>> Another option - If the box can handle it (1GB+ RAM) run Windows in 
>> Virtualbox or VMWare.
> Thanks Hannes,
> Have considered that option, but would still mean buying MS Office, 
> etc. The MS Office installed on this PC was from this person's 
> previous life in corporate employment - they are now self-employed. 
> One of the main reasons that they chose to go Linux was the fact that 
> they would not have to buy Office. If she is forced into having to 
> purchase and run Office, then there is really no point in her running 
> Ubuntu.
> Robin 
I'd like to point something out though. It is a lot easier to restore a 
10GB virtual disk (an icon on the desktop linked to a script that runs 
cp win.backup to win.disk) than it is to reinstall Windows (unless you 
use Ghost or something). Virtual machines can be used for a single 
purpose which makes it a lot less likely to get viruses and the usual 
wear & tear but you should also consider the amount of your time it's 
going to take to support such a system. Dual boot is also an option. In 
most cases it's easier to just leave users on Windows. Hijacking people 
to Linux doesn't work too well. As long as people know that they have 
options we've already made a lot of progress.

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