this is a listing of helpful web sites of the software that are commonly found in a linux installation. most of these programs, with the exception of linux, also have a windows version. i’ll add more help sites as we use more programs.
Posts tagged open office
i’m in a bind of sorts. half of my users are using office 2007 and half are using office 2002. what can i say? the crisis came and we put ugrading the rest on indefinite hold. but there are complications with this kind of set up. the problem stems from the inability of the office 2002 users not being able to read the newer file format of office 2007 (docx mostly). typical of microsoft. they want every old-version user to upgrade to the latest and greatest. but everyone is in cost reduction mode so upgrading is not a popular option for now. besides, i was informed that you can’t really upgrade an old oem version, say office 2002 oem, to the next latest and greatest oem version. you have to buy the boxed product for it to be eligible for an upgrade in the future.
so, what to do with the incompatibility situation? download and install openoffice 3.01 alongside office 2002. use openoffice to open the newer docx documents and save into a format compatible with office 2002. circuitous, i know. some of you may be suggesting why not just use openoffice instead?
yeah, why not, indeed?
oracle is buying sun. oracle is into databases in a big way. sun is home to sparc, solaris, java, open office, and recently, mysql. a lot of people have been blogging about what will come out of this marriage. i’m just wondering about what will happen to open office, mysql, in that order.
oracle doesn’t really need mysql. it is, after all, a huge database company. maintaining a free open source sql database such as mysql may just eat away at the markets of its other database products. so mysql may be spun off or, more logically, ultimately die under the care of oracle. i’m not really worried as i know that mysql has been forked already so the line will go on.
what i’m really wondering about is what will oracle do with openoffice? oracle is known to be one of the top contributors to linux because it ultimately contribute’s to the company’s income. but i do not see openoffice contributing significantly to oracle’s bottom line. i reluctantly see openoffice withering under oracle which is a shame, really. should this actually happen i will be sad but not worried as there are other alternatives. as always is the case, with open source. there’s go openoffice which is an alternative build to sun’s openoffice. and then there’s ibm’s lotus symphony.
but i do hope that oracle will continue openoffice development or better yet maybe spin it off. its better than killing it off.