Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

OOo Off the Wall: The Elephant in the Living Room -- OOo and MS Office

Filed under
OOo

For OpenOffice.org (OOo), MS Office (MSO) is the elephant in the living room. As much as the project might want to ignore MSO, it cannot. Many potential users never have used anything except MSO, and most have to share files with MSO users at some point. The lucky exceptions, of course, are those in a free software work or educational environment, who deal only with equally lucky family members and friends.

For these reasons, OpenOffice.org includes design elements and features to making interacting with MS Office and switching from it as easy as possible. Much of the interface as well as the basic work flow is the same in both programs. Many features have the same name and are located in the same place in the menu, although enough differences exist that users occasionally will stumble. In additional, several features exist specifically for interacting with MSO. Yet, in the end, despite all of these provisions, you still need to plan intelligently if you regularly share files between OOo and MSO.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

BackBox 4.3 review: Not just for penetration tests and security assessments

BackBox is a Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu and designed for conducting “penetration tests and security assessments”. If you’re not familiar with the distribution, this brief review will give you an idea what else it can be used for other than being an OS for pentesters. Read more

Canonical Apologizes for Telephony Regression in Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 4, Fix Released

On July 27, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update. Read more

ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" Powered Set-Top Boxes

On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center). Read more

Fedora's Package Growth Rate Has Begun To Stall

The number of Fedora packages within their repository has seemed to plateau, but it's not necessarily a bad sign. Fedora contributor Jiri Eischmann published some interesting statistics today indicating that the number of Fedora packages have leveled off since Fedora 20. Fedora 22 currently is comprised of 17,021 packages, which is largely flat since the Fedora 20 days. Read more