[novalug] Re: OT: is it possible to click on a microsoft word icon and end up with OpenOffice?
C Megan Larko
larkoc at cola.iges.org
Mon Jan 1 22:38:42 EST 2007
On Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 06:19:08PM -0500, Nino Pereira wrote:
> On further thought.....
> after the discussion on this mailing list I decided to download
> OpenOffice for the mac, just to see if I could get my spouse
> to click on it and, when she sees that the computer doesn't
> explode, start to use it. But, it turns out I can't do that yet.
> There's an X-11 version of OpenOffice for the mac, but installing
> this version of OpenOffice demands that you also install X11 on the
> mac. The blogs tell me that this is a laborious process, something
> I certainly don't want to get into on someone else's machine.
> And, the mac-native version (called Aqua if I understand this properly)
> is not yet in good enough shape for use by anyone else but an expert.
It is not bad at all. X-11 is on the Mac OSX CDs. Use the "lightswitch" icon
for s/w install and just click it on the CD or enter then name in the installer
GUI. After that OpenOffice works fine (although it will always open a
single X-11 shell window; I tell my folks to just ignore that window).
> So, I'll wait for a few months, and hope to detox my spouse from word
> when the mac version runs smoothly.
> Thanks for all your thoughts.
> On Fri, 2006-12-29 at 16:50 -0600, Keith Casey wrote:
> > On 12/29/06, Nino Pereira <pereira at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> > > But, for some reason, there's this block about
> > > windows/word: she doesn't want to have to deal with anything that's
> > > non-standard. I can point out that Word is non-standard all I want
> > > (it doesn't use the .odt or .odf formats for example), I could not
> > > get her to try OpenOffice.
> > I got bitten by this one earlier this year. When I sent in my slides
> > for the Better Software Conference, I sent them in as a pdf exported
> > from Open Office's Presenter or whatever it's called. Just before
> > they go to print for the booklets, I was contacted and told that I
> > needed to convert the whole thing to Power Point for the printer...
> > of course, the last time I checked, this was what the point of pdf,
> > but I didn't have much negotiation room.
> > Turns out, they just stuck all the presentations on cd anyway...
> > kc
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