Speaking of OpenOffice.. Why not Lotus Symphony?
by Dustin Puryear
Office will be the first to go. Lymbers had two alternatives for replacing Microsoft Office: OpenOffice and IBM's Lotus Symphony, based on OpenOffice source code. He decided to go with the IBM solution, on security and support grounds.
The fact that he went with Lotus Symphony over OpenOffice is more interesting to me than the fact that he is leaving Microsoft Office for OpenOffice. Why? Because IBM is a household name, while OpenOffice is most certainly not.
I wonder how many more consumers, small businesses, and enterprises would be more open to the OpenOffice journey if they were able to go along for the ride with IBM? Lotus Symphony is OpenOffice+, from what I have seen, so you get the benefit of OpenOffice and open source and the name of IBM.
Plus, you have the option of getting support from IBM.
And that is a major selling point.
And read this little ditty:
Organizations which Lymbers' services — including schools, youth groups and aged care villages — will be able to go onto the Web, and click on an icon which is via thin client that will open an open-source Word. "They can open it up and it's totally safe and secure," Lymbers said.
Death of the Desktop you say?
Nice change of position. I guess the only constant is the OpenOffice hate.
|Lotus Symphony is derived from the OOo 1.x codebase. So, I guess it is OOo- not OOo+|
|Why not indeed? Because it is bugy, it is also very heavy. Better are gnumeric and abiword. Unfortunately they are not 200MB and start immediately on any hardware, any operating system. When Python integration become fully ready, it's time to say goodbye to MS Office. Indeed OO/Symphony have python uno also, but this is a madness.|
I had MS Office prof 97 and it worked for me great on 98, win2k, xp but now with Vista i doesn´t! i switched to openoffice and it works great and i have no problems with open my old documents (xls, doc, ...) i love openoffice and think its a shame for ms not to support older versions of their OWN products! IBM i never heard about, it is free? costs it like MS? i think i will give it a try and look at it. thanks for the info.