[ubuntu-za] Evolution Of A Linux User

Deon Spengler deon.spengler at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 08:51:28 BST 2010

Hi all, just to add my 2 cents worth. Google documents and spreadsheet is very good at the moment with the benefit of cloud storage. As with regards to word and LaTeX, I must agree LaTeX rocks. Oh and dont forget vim I use it for writing html, css, javascript, python and editing of system files. Nothing beets vim especially if one has snipMate, surround, matchit and omni-completion. VI is one of they most impressive tools I have ever used. 

:-) p.s. If you did not notice I really like vim.



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From: "Matthew French" <matthew at gillyweed.co.za>
Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 00:03
Subject: [ubuntu-za] Evolution Of A Linux User
To: "Ubuntu South African Local Community" <ubuntu-za at lists.ubuntu.com>

On 16 Sep 2010, at 12:13 PM, Quintin Beukes wrote:
> Definitely a unique feature of Microsoft is Excel/Word.

The idea that Excel is a feature of Windows makes me quite concerned. It is like saying Star Wars is a feature of my DVD player.

> You can't compete on easy-of-use and at the same time being amazingly useful.

If you had just left it at Excel I would have agreed. But Word has no features I want, and as a tool I find it hinders more than it helps. Especially since very few people seem to know how to use it.

I agree OpenOffice isn't much better. But there are many other alternatives out there, from LaTeX for the geek who knows what they want, to Abi Word and iWork Pages which makes Word look like a kiddy toy and yet costs a third of the price.

> OpenOffice lacks very badly behind MsOffice.

Only if you think the ribbon bar is an improvement.

On 16 Sep 2010, at 2:12 PM, Lee Sharp wrote:
> I will, however, go as far as to say that Windows does some things 
> better than Linux.  Centralized user management and roaming profiles are 
> a big one.

User management was one of the points I had on my list of unique Windows features. While *nix supports it to a point, the implementation is badly lacking and difficult to implement.

Not so sure about roaming profiles. Haven't ever seen them implemented nicely, and the same effect can be achieved more elegantly under Unix by using automount on the home directory. [1]

- Matthew

[1] Except it is only an elegant solution so long as the PC's remain on the same network. If you want to take your laptop home for the night, you will find your profile only roams as far as the office door...

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