New Computer Build - MS Windows and Office approach?

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  1. SpudBoy

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    Any reason why the Google "Office" (Docs, Sheets etc) hasn't been mentioned at all as another free alternative?
     
  2. metamorphosis

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    Yes, almost definitely OEM.

    It doesn't have many capabilities compared to Libreoffice etc. But Libreoffice is buggy as fuck, and the team have no plans to fix any of the more serious UI bugs. I used to recommend it, but I don't anymore. Not if people want things to run smooth.
    I still use it, but 15 bug reports later, I have no real faith in it.


    Which features are those - just curious.
     
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    Metamorphosis that's a real shame to hear that.
    What sort of bugs?
     
  4. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    "Buggy as fuck" = "bug that affects me personally"?

    All software has bugs. And LibreOffice have developers who tackle huge amounts of bugs in a complex bit of software while delivering excellent compatibility with one of the worst and most antagonistically documented file formats on planet Earth. (6000+ page spec including binary blobs of MS Word memory that are literal dumps from RAM into XML fields - fucking terrible!).

    In the last month over 500 bugs were resolved (their bug tracker limits my search to 500, and dates back to September 18). That's an incredible rate of bug fixing. I'm sorry your 15 weren't in that list, but there's a bigger picture here.

    I get that it frustrates you, but please, have some perspective. Unlike proprietary software, you get to see behind the curtain with open source. This stuff is exactly the same on proprietary products. You just don't see it, and it's all hidden behind a veil of marketing.

    I still recommend LibreOffice. If software freedom (which isn't about dollars) matters to you, you should absolutely use it. In both my career and my personal life, I'm hit up daily by people who can't open files from 5+ years ago. And the issue of software longevity and data availability in an all-digital world only gets worse year on year.
     
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  5. power

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    did you try the free online MS one yet?
     
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    Thanks all.
    power nah haven't tried it. No need for the moment.
     
  8. metamorphosis

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    Nope. Nope nope. Don't even try.
     
  9. power

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    open it up you will be shocked, i know it's just a response to free google docs but i was pretty impressed myself, as someone who uses word and excel at home only occasionally it's perfect (however i admit i prefer the google offering because i use my google account more).
     
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    I moved from MS Office 2016 to LibreOffice, zero issues, no complaints
     
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