[oclug] MS Office on Linux
dan at hld.ca
Sat Mar 30 12:07:26 EST 2002
Hate to say it, but MS Word .doc is the defacto standard wordprocessing
format. Every decent word processor can open and save in .doc format.
Most of them have their own proprietary formats also, but they have to
maintain compatibility with .doc.
Also, I think blocking peoples .doc attachements at your mailserver is
as silly as someone rejecting a pdf because they want a .doc. I send my
resume out in .html, .txt, and .pdf and I've gotten a message a few
times telling me to resend it in .doc format. What makes it really
annoying is that MS Word will open .html and .txt.
Ideally, everyone could open any type of file format and it wouldn't be
a problem. If you don't want to use MS Word then you can use star
office, or word perfect on linux.
On Sat, Mar 30, 2002 at 11:29:29AM -0500, David F. Skoll wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Mar 2002, Ken Dyer wrote:
> > Gee who said we couldn't all just get along, hehehhehe, but seriously i
> > think this is pretty cool.............
> I don't. Running MS Office simply helps Microsoft to maintain its
> monopoly, and maintains the illusion that MS Office formats are
> I don't think anyone should run MS Office or any other proprietary
> office software unless the file formats are completely and accurately
> documented, guaranteed to be stable between releases, and are
> unencumbered by any "intellectual property" claims.
> I block MS office attachments at my mail server. Usually, I get a
> couple of resumes rejected every month. Once in a while, the sender
> is clueful enough to read the SMTP rejection message and resend the
> resume in plain-text format. But not very often, alas...
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