Has anyone considered implementing OO.org on a department or
organizational level here? The package boasts a number of benefits,
including export to pdf, which could provide a viable alternative to
some of the more expensive Office tools currently employed.
City of Austin pilot proves OpenOffice.org works
The City of Austin recently completed a group of pilot studies on the
use of open source software in its day-to-day business. According to a
message posted this morning on the Austin LUG mailing list by Scott
Brown, the results are in, and as a result, as many as 80% of the city's
desktops may be migrating from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org.
Editor: Our original report said "will be" migrated, but that is yet to
Brown noted in his email message that his department (Communications and
Technology Management) will be the first to convert by uninstalling MS
Office and putting OpenOffice.org in its place on about 300 desktops.
The city has more than 5,000 desktops in total.
He also pointed out that not everyone can be converted yet because of
one application (the City Council's Agenda Management System) that
requires MS Office to run.
Brown also told the mailing list that "Training programs and help desk
support is being put in place so it looks like OO will be there for the
More details to follow.
1. "Austin LUG" - http://austinlug.org/index.php