As for the file format issue, OpenOffice can be set up to save in MS
office file format as the default.
I don't think the training issue is a compelling enough impediment to
adoption. If you know how to run Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you can
quickly adapt to OpenOffice. It is not that different. I have a few
folks piloting it because I would like to deploy it on a wide scale at a
They are reporting that it is easy to work in.
For users who can't or won't switch, don't force them. Just don'y buy
new MS Office licenses. Any transisition away from MS office will have
to be gradual in many cases.
Database is the biggest obstalce if you have been heavily invested in
Access. I don't know if there is an equivalent of addabas (StarOffice's
database) coming (OpenOffice shares a large portion of StarOffice's code
base). One might have to look at filemaker. My knowledge of opensource
databases is limited. Most of them are higher end than access like
MySQL; well beyond the needs and sophistication of most users.
In any event, reconstructing the relationships from Access would be a
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I should have said that RNESU needs to come a lot further, before I
attempt to deploy a solution like this one. Some of my users are
dedicated to using MS Works; which has to be the worst office product
the world. No matter what I say they will not switch. I happen to
OpenOffice, it's better than Star Office. It has lots of nice
like a Math problem writer; this is probably one of its best features.
For mail merging you can use it to connect to an LDAP server.
I'm not an expert on this subject, but the strikes that I have against
it are: 1. Professional Development 2. RNESU relays heavily on MS
Access and MS Works databases, OpenOffice doesn't support access or ms
works databases. 3. Most companies use MS Office; if students already
are familiar with this MS product than they should be very productive.
4. Most of the world has MS Office or MS Works at home, if deployed
would cause a large amount of confusion at first. Everyone would have
to be well informed on how to SAVE AS. I think in the end it will
the students understand technology a little better. 6. Lacking Speech
Recognition 7. Lacking manageability; I need those .adm files 8.
I'm more concerned about the staff; they are the users that are not
to spend the time to learn new tricks.
If you are not currently stuck using a product, I would consider
OpenOffice in some ways its superior to Office XP or Apple Works.
also built a Mac ported version, the one for 10.2 works better.
My response probably won't help any, because we might be in different
situations. I understand that you use FileMake Pro and are not as
dependent on MS Access.
GIMP on the other hand; RNESU has not adopted any graphic editing
software. Free is better or buy a few licenses for the labs so that
they can create .gif files.
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Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2002 6:44 AM
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Subject: Re: OpenSource Software
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>GIMP is a great program. It's awesome that it's being ported to
>windows! OpenOffice however still has a way to go.
I am interested in knowing more about your opinion regarding
One of the network admins here recently suggested migrating his entire
school from Microsoft to OpenOffice. You say it still has a way to
I've never used it. Can you summarize the problems, as you see them,
Thanks very much...
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