I encountered a most infuriating problem today when working with LO on
OSX - file corruption when writing to an external disk drive.
As I'm often having to work with different machines, and different OSes,
I have an external FAT formatted LaCie hard drive to store my files on.
This works great on Linux, Windows and OSX.
Until LO 4252, I had never encountered any file corruption issues,
absent power cuts and NFS shares ;-) and I have been using StarOffice,
then OpenOffice and now LO since StarOffice first became available for
OSes other than Windows - that just goes to show how long my teeth are
with regard to this product.
However, in the space of a fortnight, LO 4252 has successfully trashed
two Writer documents that I was working on, irreparably, once about a
fortnight ago, and once today. The first time it happened, I thought it
was a one-off, and I actually hadn't been working on the file for long
when it happened.
Today, I lost two hours work, and working to a very tight deadline
thanks to a client's late order. Needless to say, I was/am not impressed.
The file can not be opened in any of the following :
The file can not be unzipped or repaired with zip, and yet it is stated
as weighing in at 73 kb (of binary rubbish).
I love LO, and the whole open source idea, but the product needs a
serious quality rethink if things like this can happen. I have had no
such issues on Linux, which just goes to show that the developers, as a
whole, give little heed to the changes they make in the code and the
effect it can have on other OSes (Windows, Mac) - as they would say,
"how are we supposed to know whether change x or y will have an impact
on a closed source OS ?" - more attention is given to the Windows arena
because that is where the perceived markets are for the taking. This
leaves the little people like Joe Bloggs / Jane Doe, etc, here, to deal
with the issues on OSX, of which there are many, and too few developers
willing or interested to care about fixing them.
Had I stuck to MS Word (yes, I have Office 2011 for Mac), this would not
have happened, of that I am certain. Had I stuck to 4.1.x, this would
not have happened either, but no that is now obsolete...instead we have
a 4.2.5.x as "stable" with deficiencies like the one I encountered, and
as a businessman, I begin to seriously start questioning the
benefit/risk assessment of the whole LO thing.
This is just a word of warning to others, as they say "your mileage may
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