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On 11/5/15 10:25 AM, Gabriele Ponzo wrote:
2015-11-05 17:20 GMT+01:00 Ken Springer <>:

I don't have money to pay to have it fixed (one of the reasons I try to
use open source/free software),

That should be the last reason to choose Open Source Software… I can
understand it, since it was the same for me in the far 90's, but sooner or
later you should go deeper and try understanding the principles behind OSS.

I'm retired, and thanks to the economic crash, I now have to watch the money spent, plus work part time.

I also volunteer for a local social services agency, and I often refurbished donated computers which are then given to people who need but can't afford a computer. Many of these people are essentially computer illiterate. So I need software that I can have faith in will cause them the least amount of trouble.

The principles of OSS are not the issue at my end, although it appears people seem to think so. Performance and trusting things needed will be fixed are. :-)

I'm not anyone's beta tester.   <G>

So you'd want a perfect product, without paying money nor time to commit
somehow (just like beta testing or translating or whatever else commitment)?

I don't expect any of it to be perfect. But I don't have the time to identify a problem, track down the cause or believed cause, and then file a report.

Which is why I've just started trying FreeOffice from Softmaker.  Do I
know for a fact it will do what I need?  No, that's why I'm trying it out.
  <G>  If FreeOffice doesn't do it, there are others to try.   :-)

Well, maybe you'll find a free "product" that suites your needs, possibly
not open, so that you'll be locked in its own encoding cage.

Do you know how to fix your car? TV? Refrigerator? You're locked into that "cage" too. Maybe I will find something that is what I'm looking for. I've sure bought enough stuff over the years looking for something that does what I want it to do. I might end up liking FreeOffice enough I'll buy the paid version.

Please respect people of the community and avoid insulting with your
requirements about taking without giving anything back.

If you don't consider pointing out the opposing and incompatible viewpoints within the LO community as giving back, that's something I have no control over.

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