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Hi ALL LO users,

Have seen this discussion for quite sometime.

I am a very basic user - Word, Excel, ppt thats all with just enough knowledge to get my work done. No more no less. Occasionally face problems but prefer to adopt the longer route even to the extent of deleting & rewriting. Am 50 & had my first interaction with a 486 when I was 30. Used both pirated as well as licenced versions of MSO from 1993 till 2010. Made the final farewell & now have all the piece of mind. LO - gave me everything even WRITER, BASE, CALC, DRAW, IMPRESS MATH for free. With MSO you have MSO basic, MSO student, MSO home, MSO small business, MSO large business, MSO professional. Very soon they would run short of words introducing all the permutations & combinations. Have WORD but can write a 2 page letter. Buy WORD A (write 10 pages), WORD B (write 25 pages) & so on & so forth. Have but not B. Have Outlook but now WORD. You need to apply the same caution while buying a MSO package as while opting for a pre paid mobile phone scheme in India.

With LO get all in 1 GO - whether you know how to use it or not.

Have been using Open source systems since 2010. first opted for OO then a friend (authority on computers) suggested LO. Have been using it & now have the latest version. I feel almost 90% of computer users are as naive as I am, & the BEST IS we are the ones who dish out the most for the latest version of MS either office or OS. WHY? I fail to understand.

Regarding cost - have not spent a single rupee on LO, yet have the latest version. No back of the mind trouble of using a pirated version, no need to keep the update off. Can anyone ask or hope for MORE.



On 30-11-2013 05:50, Virgil Arrington wrote:
James wrote in response to John:

I didn't know we considered trialware "cunning".

They let people create & edit documents for a while and then hold them
hostage, until the users coughs up for MS Office.

I wouldn't consider it either cunning or holding people hostage to provide them with a free trial of software that is otherwise only available for a price. That, indeed, has been the essence of shareware -- try before you buy. Anybody obtaining a trial version of MS-Office is clearly told that it is a trial version; no cunning, no deception.

If you don't like it, don't buy it.

The creators of the shareware concept (I recall Bob Wallace of the PC-Write days) realized that buying software is often a crap-shoot. You don't know until after you've bought the program whether it will do what you need, or whether you will appreciate the manner in which it does it. This is especially important in the case of an office suite as users will tend to use them on a daily basis, eventually becoming married to their program. MS allows some users to try their program before making such a commitment.

For my part, on my last computer purchase, I received a free "starter" version of MS-Office, with some limitations on features, but without any limitation on time. I can use the starter version forever.

I'm no fan of MS, and I'm sure I don't fully understand all of its business practices, but I truly hope that disdain for Redmond is not the primary motivation for LO and other forms of FOSS. And, yet, it's a theme that recurs on nearly every FOSS related forum I read.

IMHO, it's better to focus on what's good about LO than what's evil about MS.



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