[linux-elitists] What's some marketing buzzwords for what we do?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Sun Jan 5 13:35:06 PST 2003

on Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 06:43:05PM -0800, Larry M. Augustin (lma@lmaugustin.com) wrote:

> > From: linux-elitists-admin@zgp.org [mailto:linux-elitists-admin@zgp.org]
> > On Behalf Of Karsten M. Self

> > on Tue, Dec 31, 2002 at 11:11:14AM -0800, Larry M. Augustin
> > (lma@lmaugustin.com) wrote:

> > > Here's what I was thinking:  I know people who use StarOffice
> > > today and find it good enough.  Therefore by some measure it is
> > > good enough for some set of people.
> > >
> > > But when people tout StarOffice as a general replacement for MS
> > > Office, I start to get a bit frustrated.  I can't in good
> > > conscience recommend StarOffice to most people.  It's just too
> > > buggy.  I've lost too much data using it.  I even tried the
> > > Windows version once just to see if it was just the Linux version.
> > > It wasn't.
> > 
> > I'd also have to ask what version of SO this was.  5.2 was iffy.  I
> > tend toward OOo 1.x myself.  While I don't use it _much_ (I dislike
> > largely *all* office suite software), I *have* used it for
> > compatibility purposes, and don't recall any crashes or data loss.
> > 
> > I *do* feel that SO/OO have some significant issues, most notably
> > and utter lack of useability on even only slightly outdated HW (not
> > to mention boxen which might be found in large portions of the world
> > which are otherwise well suited for GNU/Linux).  The monolithic
> > design, size of the development environment, and complexity of the
> > beast violate a number of strong norms within the free software
> > community.  These are norms which foster development and
> > participation in advancing software.  It's not for nothing that I
> > refer to it as "StarOffice, that bloated stuck pig of an office
> > suite".

> My bad experiences were with StarOffice 5.2.  I've not tried 6.x.  So
> maybe it's not as bad as it used to be.

SO 6.x / OOo 1.x is a performance hog.  It isn't the unstable mess that
5.2 was.

BTW, looks like OutHouse shot your reply to me rather than list.


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