On 04/22/2011 07:47 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
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.
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 (http://www.novell.com/products/libreoffice/)
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 OpenOffice.org 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 OOo.org 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.
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 OpenOffice.org.
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
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