[K12OSN] OT: any OpenOffice vs. MS Office studies/cases out there?

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Feb 21 21:07:07 UTC 2009

That was also true of MS Office.  But schools bought it anyway.  I know, 
I was in school watching them buy it and install it on our computer labs 
(no textbooks, no classes on it, etc.).  You were just expected to "pick 
it up."

And even that's not true regarding OpenOffice.org.  There are quite a 
few books on OO.o.  One of the better ones is by Solveig "Ms. 
OpenOffice" Haugland, called _The OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook_.


So, that "textbook" excuse is just that, an excuse.  And it's incorrect.

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Mel Wade wrote:
> To me the biggest downside of OO is the lack of textbook support.  I 
> know there are one or two out there, but not developed to the point of 
> what is available for MS Office.
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 7:40 AM, Barry R Cisna <brcisna at eazylivin.net 
> <mailto:brcisna at eazylivin.net>> wrote:
>     Hi Alan,
>     This is always an ongoing struggle,as has been discussed here several
>     times before. I do not have any good links to compare OOo to M$
>     Off in a
>     school setting.You are on the right track though. I have pitched OOo
>     here to the powers that be. Bottom line I try and tell them ' what are
>     the disadvantages of OOo"? One big selling point to me is the fact
>     that
>     any format of OOo that is used can be transparently saved as a PDF
>     that
>     gives a more finished/professional look right out of the box.Its not
>     rocket science for say the secretaries, or anyone for that matter
>     to do
>     this. If nothing else OOo is worth more than M$Off in this regard.
>     I have found that without a doubt people that has been in teaching
>     'are
>     set in their ways' ,period! You are asking the world for them to step
>     out of their comfort zone,even if something as menial as what we are
>     discussing here. Second downfall is that the higher ups are
>     impressed,,when things cost lots of money versus free.Never could
>     figure
>     that one out,other than they are pretty simple minded:(.
>     Example: We have to have M$Off+ $$ for licenses,then we buy Adobe
>     CS3 or
>     whatever the topend bulk package is for major $$$$ ++ so much for
>     license for this as well to be able to convert MS docs to pdf's.
>     Really
>     impressive?
>     Does it make you wonder why all state agencies across the country
>     continually operate in the red,,,except for the state of North Dakota>
>     Maybe they are a little too practical!
>     OK I m done b___ch___.
>     Take Care
>     Barry Cisna
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