[linux-elitists] Fallout of LWE - Things we need to follow up on
Karsten M. Self
Fri Feb 8 01:30:42 PST 2002
on Sun, Feb 03, 2002 at 05:26:57PM -0800, Rick Moen (email@example.com) wrote:
> Quoting Karsten M. Self (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> [Open Office inherits from SO a severe lack of modularity, excessive
> size (especially for developers), lack of information in support docs
> about whether builds are so broken they aren't worth the epic download
> times, non-functional bugtracking. OpenOffice.org cannot be reached
> for feedback at any of the standard, expect addresses.]
> Karsten, this is insightful enough that it deserves greater exposure.
> Would you please write it up as either an article, a Web page, or both?
As Rick is somewhat aware , I've been moving and starting a new job
in the past weeks. This is my first night of POP mail connectivity in
almost a week.
That said, I'll add this suggestion to a pile of writing topics I'd like
to flesh out. I strongly believe that free software benefits from
harsh, but ultimately constructive, critics. I've a mind and a half to
be one here.
> I empathise with the OpenOffice.org developer community. They've taken
> useful steps to address this situation, starting from nothing. But
> still, when I want answers to simple questions like "What options are
> supported from the command line, and can I use OpenOffice that way as a
> document converter, without X11?", I don't even know where to start.
ObAbiWord note. It *is* possible to use AbiWord as a document
converter. With some limitations. And these options are even
documented on the command line:
$ abiword --help
Usage: /usr/bin/AbiWord_d [option]... [file]...
-to The target format of the file
(abw, zabw, rtf, txt, utf8, html, latex)
Best I'm able to tell, it can read *from* .abw or plain text, but not,
say, from HTML to RTF (which would be really nice for converting my
resume to an idiot-MS-Word-friendly format). I can do same from the
text version though. Seeing as this largely just feeds a scanning
system, the resulting lack of formatting is no great loss. Less even,
that I've got a job I like....
1. And, I believe, has the bruises to prove it. For which I thank him
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal
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