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Hi :)
From what i have read about other large scale migrations to OpenOffice
or LibreOffice it's a good idea to get in contact with some of our BoD
(Board of Directors) and through them maybe some on TDF's Advisory
and / or people from the Free Software Foundation

These can arrange to assign, for the long term, experts who have quite
a bit of experience guiding organisations through the migration
process.  There are other organisations such as Redhat, Canonical and
so on along with other apparently distro-specific organisations who
would be happy to help even if you do end up going with some other
distro.  There are also many 3rd party organisations and even
individuals who have expertise in helping with these sorts of things.
OpenSuSE budded a new one called Collabora which includes many of the
devs they had working on LibreOffice, including the famous Micheal
Meeks (who i see as a sort-of lead dev as he is naturally charismatic
and gives good interviews that kinda inspire people)

The extremely few cases that don't manage to break away from MS have
employed purely MS experts and ignored the advice of their FSF people
(or other OpenSource experts).  Even so they have typically enjoyed
savings during the initial phases of the migration.  Sadly, by then
reverting to MS they have then had to buy into all the stuff they
would have had to buy along the way but had to buy it all at once.
Also since MS only has a slash&burn approach rather than any gradual
migration routes they have had additional expenses such as retraining.
 They could have used FSF support to gradually return to MS but chose
not to accept that route.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 27 February 2014 07:28, Tim Lloyd <> wrote:

we hear about people experiencing problems when opening documents in LO
after they were created by MS Office in the .DOC/.DOCX formats.

How about documents created in MS Office in the .ODF format? Does anyone
have experience opening these documents in LO? Similarly LO documents
created as ODF and subsequently opened in MS Office. Any experiences?

Not surprisingly I am thinking this way after the UK government proposals.
It would be interesting to know what challenges European governments have
faced since adopting ODF.


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