[Beowulf] Wired article about Go machine
gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Tue Mar 24 07:32:19 PDT 2009
I'm not even sure why I'm entering into this...
Vincent, I use OpenOffice on a daily basis, interact with Windows users
w/ Word, and have no problems. I do considerably more than printing
labels, too. We trade documents and spreadsheets back and forth, in
support of my projects.
The only application I've seen trouble with was a document created using
Office (not OpenOffice) for the Mac, by a user who sent the result out
in RTF. I'm not sure what he did but I couldn't process it in MS Office
on *my* iMac at the office, nor on OpenOffice on the iMac, my laptop,
nor my home systems.
My family uses OpenOffice, including my kids for whom "Office" is a
school requirement. They have no problems, and their teachers see no
difference. My wife is not an IT professional (she delivers babies as a
midwife) and her frustration with Office is greater than with OpenOffice.
If you don't like open-source solutions, fine, but why don't you stop
trying to convince a reasonably large group of reasonably intelligent
folk to follow your lead?
Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
> You pay a fulltime sysadmin to solve your problems in that case :)
> pay as in 'salary pay'.
> Though i'm very positive about for example Sun's open office,
> and open source in general,
> it's quite clumsy to use practical for simple things like printing name
> to stick on envelopes ('etiketten' we call 'em).
> If experienced IT guys don't manage within 1 day to get something like
> that done with it,
> for sure office personnel with less of an experience there will fail.
> Then additional the
> documentation totally fails there.
> Now i won't bother you with the fact that i have an apple macbookpro
> laptop with
> open-office for it, and that despite hours of googling, it just doesn't
> Good old win2000 + old word version had to solve it.
> In short open source can work only if you have experienced Linux guys
> who make ready
> whatever you need on it, and if the functionality you need is sufficient
> and documented.
> This usually is the case for the top1000 companies.
> Netherlands has about 1021 (roughly) companies of 1000+ personnel, not
> to mention
> governments. For these open source is a possibility.
> Not for the majority of users and companies.
> Clusters and Beowulf type systems are definitely the exception here; for
> them modifying that kernel
> and a security that only allows intelligence agencies to enter and no
> one else, is important.
> On Mar 23, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Douglas Eadline wrote:
>>> Also, if you get what you pay for -- exactly what do you get when you
>>> Open-source software?
>> Interesting question. How do you define "pay" ?
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