A nifty program suite

[From Bill Powers (2004.04.19.0816 MST)]

I was starting to read a Word file, and got a message saying I could use
Word 48 more times and then I would have to register my copy with Bill
Gates. This was the copy of Word that came with this machine;
unfortunately, I had to reinstall Windows XP, and in doing that, plus
adding networking, made the machine look different enough to call for this
authentication step or whatever it's called.

At that junction I had a phone conversation with my son Denny, who told me
about OpenOffice, a product of the Free Software people and the GNU
project. It can read Word files, it has a spreadsheet program that imitates
Excel, and it reads PowerPoint presentations. There's a graphics program
like Corel Draw. The word processor can create PDF files. And the same
package runs on a lot of different platforms including Linux.

Search via Google for OpenOffice. You can download it (65 megabytes for
Windows) or order it for a pittance on CD-ROM. I have tested it enough to
have removed Microsoft Office entirely, along with Word and all the other
components. (I hope that was enough testing.)

My attempt to download Java Script Support failed on a bad file, but I
installed without that support; it can always be added later.

As Denny said, the day grows ever closer when Linux machines with GNU
software become functional enough to replace the Microsoft empire entirely.

Best,

Bill P.

[Martin Taylor 2004.04.24.1352]

[From Bill Powers (2004.04.19.0816 MST)]
At that junction I had a phone conversation with my son Denny, who told me
about OpenOffice, a product of the Free Software people and the GNU
project. It can read Word files, it has a spreadsheet program that imitates
Excel, and it reads PowerPoint presentations. There's a graphics program
like Corel Draw. The word processor can create PDF files. And the same
package runs on a lot of different platforms including Linux.

Search via Google for OpenOffice. You can download it (65 megabytes for
Windows) or order it for a pittance on CD-ROM.

I have just started to use it on Mac OS X 10.2.8. (It actually runs
in X11 on the Darwin (UNIX) base). I wimped out and bought the CD
with it all prebuilt, rather than building my own, which I could have
done for free.

I've only used the Word-equvalent part of it, but it seems to work
pretty well. The group that prettified the installation says it is
working on making it more Aqua-like. It's very much an X11 type
interface at the moment.

Martin