[Chugalug] Is LibreOffice *THAT* bad? :(

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 18:45:12 UTC 2013

Office is Microsoft's cash cow. It funds everything else they do to us. And
that won't change for several reasons:

1. Everyone uses it. It's the de facto standard.

2. It does considerably more than what any one user needs. Any two users
will need a divergent enough feature set that they can't both start using
something like LibreOffice. Any N users (i.e., a corporation) use N+1
feature sets and will never get off Office because there is no replacement.

3. Microsoft hasn't screwed up Office bad enough to give users a real
reason to try other things. The UI change to the "ribbon" was pretty
drastic but didn't really impact their user base.

Unfortunately, Office drives demand for Windows... and that sucks... I'd
recommend VirtualBox with Windows and Office installed.


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM, Lynn Dixon <boodaddy at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's a shame that a company like Microsoft does an Office Suite so well.
>  I really wish MS would release Office on Linux. I don't even care if its
> close source, binary blobs.
> However, you could always have him try the Office Web Apps that are free
> as a part of Skydrive.
> On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM, wes <wes at the-wes.com> wrote:
>> LibreOffice does things differently. It was not designed to be a direct
>> replacement for MS Office. It was designed from the ground up to be a
>> general-use office productivity suite.
>> There is another open-source product called Gnumeric that was designed to
>> mimic MS Excel in every way possible. Maybe your brother could give that a
>> try?
>> To answer you actual question would require us to see the same proof that
>> you talked about seeing. Can you reproduce any of the problems with generic
>> data?
>> -wes
>> On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM, <kitepilot at kitepilot.com> wrote:
>>> So I talked my brother into ditching Micro$haft and moving to Linux.
>>> Baaaad idea...
>>> The man uses Excel *HEAVILY*, and LibreOffice just could not keep up.
>>> But it was not lack of features or limitations, it was *STUPID* (but
>>> dangerous) things like cells not showing the real value and/or
>>> recalculating wrong.
>>> I didn't take his word for it, he showed me the (unbelievable) problems
>>> (I could not believe what I was seeing).
>>> The guy is back to Excel...
>>> What am I missing?
>>> ET
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