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I had to deal with a tech guy from my local/regional cable [and Internet] company. He told me, after I started in on my free software chatter, that they use OpenOffice. I told him about Oracle dropping their support of it after LibreOffice came out in its big splash.

I told him that LibreOffice's first release was much better than the same release of OOo and the 100's of articles that claim the same thing.

I told him that if they wanted, I would freely provide them with the NA DVD, but gave him a printout with the URLs on how to find LibreOffice. He told me he would get the message to the IT people about Oracle no longer supporting OOo and that LibreOffice may be the way to go from here on out. I also told him that LibreOffice's menus look the same as OOo and work with the same file types. But, I also told him that it works better that OOo.

I think this was another case of a company not having the resources to keep using MSO when they need the money to increase their physical cable/net/digital-phone network [hardware and software].

This is another example on talking to someone about something else, and then letting them know about you not wanting/affording to use paid software and one of your solutions is using LibreOffice as you office suite.

I was surprised that they already went to OOo, but it is good that they are now thinking about Open-Source software to fill their needs.

Just for the record. The cable company's parent is Time-Warner - owner of CNN and many other media companies. I wonder how far up the company chain does the use of OOo goes? It would be nice if it went all the way to the main corporate center in Atlanta Georgia.

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