[K12OSN] Help me fight FUD

Dimitri Yioulos dyioulos at firstbhph.com
Thu May 19 19:38:47 UTC 2005

On Thursday May 19 2005 2:52 pm, Mark Cockrell wrote:
> Hello all,
>     We're looking at tossing MS Office entirely at our district in favor
> of OpenOffice/StarOffice.  The administration recognizes the cost
> benefit and the more technically savvy teachers are ok with the change.
> So far no on has questioned the ability of OO.o to meet our future
> needs.  The Fear Uncertainty and Doubt exist in relation our current
> body of work.  Some of these teachers have dozens of PowerPoint
> presentations they've been using for years and the thought of having to
> edit and reformat them all to account for the lack of Feature X in
> OpenOffice is daunting.  They'd rather hang on to the aging copy of MS
> Office 97 they know, than face the future of a modern office suite they
> don't know.  Have any of you fought this battle?  Does anyone have any
> references that I can point these people to in order to alleviate their
> fears?  I don't want to waste the backing of the administration on this,
> but I don't want to be lynched by a frightened mob either.  Any (useful)
> comments are welcome.

I may be wrong on this, as it was once an issue, but now...  Might try running 
Powerpoint via Wine.

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