Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Mon Feb 13 17:46:09 UTC 2006

On 2/11/06, Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at> wrote:
> >
> > I understand the need to stick with apps that perform well on older
> > machines, but OpenOffice is the cross-platform standard these days,
> > and I think it should be included with any install even though it will
> > be slow on older machines.
> >
> >
> Unfortunately as others have also mentioned OOo is slow. If it performs
> acceptably on a particular
> box than gnome and kde are probably more likely desktops than xfce there.
> As you said OO is the cross platform standard these days, but it is also the
> main apps that  give
> a lot of bad name to free software in my limited experience because people
> expect it to compete
> with ms office written for computers of 5 years ago, and when they see it
> they are disappointed.

Note that "default install" is a lot different from "apps available".
Whenever possible we should put in those apps capable of doing the
work that are smaller, rather than larger, and let the user upgrade to
the machine eating power version if it meets their needs.
> abiword and gnumeric support Open Document but they too have their
> shortcomings even if they are a lot lighter.
>  So office software sucks on linux but this is not news unfortunately.
> Jani
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