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On 04/22/2011 07:47 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2011-04-22 10:29, webmaster for Kracked Press Productions a écrit :

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

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.

We also need to tell such companies that there is also commercial support from Novell ( should they need commercial support but also that our user mailist is quite as capable of providing support. Most companies will and should be concerned with commercial support for the product.

The shakeup from the closing down of will take a while to work its way through the OOo user base. We should take the occasion to press-release to as many Tech organisatons, especially the Windows publications, that LibreOffice is now the path to update/upgrades to OOo.

BTW, talking of OOo, there is still no word from Oracle of the fate of the trademarked name. IMHO, if Oracle offers it to the TDF/LibreOffice community, we should pick it up, as this would permit us a little more control over the changeover from OOo usage to the LibreOffice brand. It could smoothen up the move rather than creating a shock through the world of OOo users.



I am hoping that in a week or two I will be up to going to their "local" office, two towns over, and talk to a manager about LibreOffice and present him/her with a couple of DVDs. Right now, I am not "well enough" even to be able to visit my wife for the Holiday and had to get a friend to take her basket of goodies to the nursing facility.

Yes, that Novell support info may be a "good sell". The more we can promote that "big businesses" are supporting LibreOffice, the better. I was thinking about saying that after the first version of LibreOffice came out, Oracle started to loose a lot of their market share since the press stated that LibreOffice was better than OOo [which was the standard MSO alternate up to then]. And, then this month Oracle announced that it will no longer develop or support the OOo product line [both the free and paid versions]. Not sure of my wording, but the gist will be that OOo was the standard for free or paid alternative to MSO until LibreOffice came out with a better product even though it is based upon the OOo open-source code and menu structure. Also, if you currently use OOo, you can easily switch to LibreOffice, since its menu structure is the same and it used the same file formats, extensions, and other add-ons. With all that said, LibreOffice still works better than OOo according to many, many independent tech related publications. All this and more seemed to "help" Oracle to decide to end its development and support of the trademarked product line they own called

The fact that OOo was "the" standard for free [or paid] alternatives to the MS office suite and within a few months of LibreOffice coming out LibreOffice became the better product so it is now defacto standard. The fact that the US government is hyping open-source products and LibreOffice is the best of the open-source office suites could help as well.

I may be dealing with the local/regional library system in mid May, I hope to give out some DVDs there during my meeting for the Transit Riders committee, and then the manager for the main branch of our library system. Then I hopefully be able to get in to see the "proper" person[s] for the city and county government IT departments, or a higher up official. I will be dropping off some DVDs and whatever documents that the Marketing groups come up with that would be good to help them understand how great LibreOffice is, and why they should switch to this office package.

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