Open Office -- A good mirror and MSOffice replacement

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  1. retched

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    I have just finished installing a new setup on my grandfathers computer, and I found a mirror that has +550 KB/s. Considering most of the other mirrors were settling around 28 - 34 KB/s, including the direct download from the OO site, this is a good find for the impatient, or those wanting to try-out Open Office (OO) over its competitor Microsoft Office.


    Give it a try.

    ftp://mirrors.virginmedia.com/sites/www.openoffice.org/

    The folder is "STABLE" then "3.3.0"

    The listed files are mostly self-explanatory; for instance:

    OOo-SDK_3.3.0_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

    The above is OpenOffice version 3.3.0 for Linux, a DEBIAN flavor on a 64bit system, hence the x86-64

    OOo_3.3.0_Win_x86_install-wJRE_en-US.exe

    This one is OpenOffice v3.3.0 for Windows and includes Java

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    This is OpenOffice's site for more information:
    http://download.openoffice.org/
     
  2. Wendy

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    Modern M/S office has changed some standards. For example, .doc is now .docx, and can not run on older versions of M/S office. Fortunately they still have legacy features on M/S, you just have to pay attention what format you save it in.

    I get very frustrated with M/S. I recommend Open Office often, but I use Office 97. Why change it if works for me?
     
  3. jpanhalt

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    MicroSoft Office and Open Office are great examples of how the best, WordPerfect, does not always win.

    Unfortunately, WordPerfect has morphed into a MicroSoft Office clone. I currently run WP12, but the earlier versions were better. WP5.0 (DOS) was fabulous.

    John
     
  4. retched

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    I have to agree, WordPerfect (dos) was the version I spent typing most of my High School reports and papers.

    Simple and elegant.
     
  5. retched

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    The reason for grandpas' transfer to OpenOffice (OxygenOffice actually) is it opens old MS Works 5.0 files. New versions of Word and Office DO NOT support or even open Works files.

    He has a lifetime and a careers worth of documents written in MS Works 5, so this upgrade of PC's has no 3.5" floppy, so no way to install MS Works from floppy. Microsoft's plan is to have him buy the latest version of MS works, which DOES NOT open his files, then use an ONLINE NON-MICROSOFT converter to convert the files to a newer version.

    So, by switching to OO, he can open things as he wishes with no wasted money, time, effort, confusion, etc.

    Go to FILE, OPEN, and

    LOOK AT THAT!! It opens the file. amazing.
     
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