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Hi :)
Floppy drives were notoriously unstable and kept needing to be replaced or
just left in the machine in their broken state.

It's also kinda inevitable that people have ended up with files in formats
that can't be read anymore.  It's one of the main reasons for the need for
a big push for greater use of Open formats.

I find it hilarious that the Senate decided their library was going to be
all in Rtf format as the one that would finally allow all their files to be
readable by anyone on any machine with any relevant program forever.  It's
what MS promised for the format despite all the 'accidental' troubles that
format had.  The Senate is far from being the only organisation so easily
fooled by MS.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 29 June 2014 14:27, Kracked_P_P---webmaster <>

On 06/29/2014 08:36 AM, Charles-H. Schulz wrote:

Hello Tim,

Le Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:23:56 -0400,
Kracked_P_P---webmaster <> a écrit :

 On 06/28/2014 10:09 AM, Charles-H. Schulz wrote:

Le Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:03:59 +0200,
"Charles-H. Schulz" <> a
écrit :

 Hello Tim,

Le Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:23:23 -0400,
Kracked_P_P---webmaster <> a écrit :

 I would like to know which of the older versions of LO has the
best ability to import really old word processor formats.

I remember that LO was reducing the number of import filters for
those old file formats, but I may need one of them.

I have been asked to copy files off a floppy drive and convert the
files to be able to work with the current tech.  Right now, I have
to find a working floppy drive to access the disc.  Right now, the
only system with a floppy drive has a non-working drive, I have to
replace it.  My main system does not even have a cable port for a
floppy drive, and it seems all of the others I have opened up are
the same.

So, as soon as I get a working floppy drive working, I will need
to get support for 1990's to early 2000's era word processing
formats. The way she remembers, she did not use Word, but may
have used Works or some other older package that are before
MSO .doc format became the "standard" format before FOSS office
packages came out.

Any idea which older version of LO would be the best to try?  As I
have stated, as soon as I get a working floppy drive installed,
then I will know which legacy format I need to work with.  It
would be nice to know which version of LO to install for the
conversion to the modern formats
- MSO's and ODF.

 I could actually point you to the latest version of LibreOffice
(the 4.2.5) as the project keeps on creating new filters for these
old formats.

As for recommending anything older than the currently supported
versions (4.1.6 and 4.2.5), it is just unwise to do this and we do
not do it anyway: there are some major security holes left
unpatched, and anyway the "old" versions are no longer supported.

To which I should add that the 4.3.0 will be released by the end of


 I would be doing the work, then removing the older version in favor
of the newer ones.

Hope to download the current versions of LO, again, and all of the
info I was working on.  I lost my list of which versions supported
which formats, and will have to look into that again, with a drive

Interesting that I read a while back on the lists that some of the
older legacy formats were not going to be supported anymore.  I have
no problem with using the current version[s] of LO, if it would work
with the file format.  Once I get a working floppy drive setup to
read it.  I know that the drive is bad, since it cannot
read/write/format/etc. the blank floppies I have.

I may opt for a USB floppy drive, instead of trying to get the 12+
year old system to use a "parts box" floppy drive.  I had one for an
old laptop [XP era] but it dropped and stopped working.  Will work on
that. Just recovered from a 2-TB drive failure for a drive that was
10 months old.  Have backups for my large drives, but lost some work
between backups and had some backup file corrupted as the drive was
failing the night of the backup process.  New drive in and old drive
going to be replaced via warranty and used as another spare/backup
drive.  I tend to replace drives after 2 years of use and keep the
old ones "offline" for USB backups or system spares. Never had a new
one die in only 10 months.  I currently have three SATA 2-TB data
drives and one 250-GB IDE OS drive internal and three SATA 2-TB USB
backup drives with a spare IDE drive as well.  I use one drive - the
failed one - as both for data and an internal backup for the Linux OS
drive's /user/ Home folder[s].

That is why I have been offline these past weeks.  My LO folder, with
all my working files, was on the failed drive.  Took some time to get
a new one in so I could have a place to try to recover anything from
the failed drive.   The Floppy project was pushed back, along with a
lot of other "stuff" since the failure and the heat/humidity issues
that came up with the coming of summer.

Sorry to hear about that!
To comment on one of your points; you're right that LibreOffice did
get rid of the old StarOffice formats. However at that time it was
done for technical reasons (i.e. these filters were problematic and
causing trouble elsewhere in the code). I don't read in tea leaves but
writing a new filter for these is just what the Document Liberation
project ( is supposed to do and I'm sure
they're considering it.


 Well, we will see what happens in the near future about these filters.

Having a package, LO or other, that can take as many of the legacy formats
and convert them into the ones that are used now is always a good thing to
have.  Every time I changed packages, graphics or office, I tended to take
the original files/documents/graphics/etc. and make copies of them in the
file formats that are the defaults of the packages I "now" use. I now keep
all my documents in ODF and make MSO formatted version as I need them.  The
vector graphics are still being converted to what Inkscape can use, as I
get time to do the conversion work.  Then these graphics get
copied/converted to JPG or PNG as needed by LO or other packages.  I even
had an old 24+/- page PDF file that had printing issues that I opened into
Draw and exported it back out as a new PDF file, as well as a Draw file, to
fix the printing issue.

I tend to try and keep all my files/documents/etc. up-to-date to the best
format of the packages I now use to deal with them. Between my audio files,
video files, graphic files, documents, etc., I needed to have 6-TB worth of
drive space for all that "data" in my desktop.  I have about 4.5-TB space
currently used for all that, plus another 6-TB of backup drives to "try" to
keep it all safe. [as long as I remember to backup the desktop every week]

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