On Mon, 2011-02-14 at 14:41 -0500, webmaster for Kracked Press
What do you use MS Office suite for? What version do you use?
I myself have dumped MSO for several years at this point. For
Spreadsheet and Word Processing using .doc and .xlt files, I
prefer to use LibreOffice. You can read and write these files
easily. LibreOffice also has a Presentation module that works
well with the Power Point file I have needed to edit. For the
database work, I am not the one to talk to since I rarely do
any of that, so you will need to get someone else to walk you
through what Base can do for you instead of using MS Access.
Since you currently have over 30 desktops and laptops with MSO
installed [most likely] you can install LibreOffice on any new
computers instead of buying a MSO license. Then you can
install LibreOffice on your other computers, one at a time as
you get time to do this. The great part about LibreOffice is that
you can read/write MSO files so if some of your personnel and
most of your clients use MSO, the other can still use LibreOffice
to edit those MSO files.
As for the Linux servers, well they are usually cheaper than using
MS Server OS. So do not worry. Just to let you know, LibreOffice
runs on more computer platforms, like Linux, that MS Office does:
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, and some other platforms. I run it
on Windows Vista laptop and a Linux [Ubuntu] desktop. Each
version looks and runs the same to me.
Feel free to download and install LibreOffice on a few computers.
Use it for some time to see how it goes. No need to uninstall MSO
at this point. Once you decide that you like LibreOffice, then you
can faze out MSO over time. That is what I tell my clients I support
in Central New York State.
Any other takers?
On 02/14/2011 01:39 PM, drew wrote:
We are interested in your LibreOffice office suite.
We are a small business, owned by myself along with my brothers and an
uncle. We started as a commemorative stone engraving business 10 years
ago, here in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Today we supply cemeteries across a three state area, and have expanded
into the commercial landscaping rock and cement form business.
We employee less then 50 people, but with current projections expect to
break the 50 employee barrier, adding the need for more structured
accounting practices, sometime this year. We transfer all our
information to a local CPA quarterly for taxes, payroll and cash
accounts are maintained in-house on a system then our CPA helped us
pick-out and setup 7 years ago.
Currently we maintain 21 computer workstations in three buildings, at
two sites in the Little Rock area.
15 latptops are also used by the sales force.
5 smart phones are used by our field sales force today, but they are not
using them much for invoicing yet, something we are very interested in
We use 2 servers at one of our locations and 1 server at the other, all
three are maintained by one staff member and a contract with a local
2 of the servers are I believe running Linux (don't know what kind, I
understand there are different kinds, right?) and one runs MS Server,
some year..*smile*..I should know, that is the one I am 'on' all the
So, can I just swap out MS for Libo and go?
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