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Topic # 13796 29-May-2007 22:08
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From http://www.stuff.co.nz/4076857a28.html

Tens of thousands of school pupils may miss out on
important software on their school computers after a Microsoft product
was ordered removed from Apple Macintosh machines.


The Ministry of Education declined to renew a deal for
Microsoft Office meaning the software would have to be wiped from
25,000 Macintosh computers in schools, the New Zealand Herald reported
today.



This caught my attention today. Yeah I know, I know. Its nasty. Apparently it was on TV as well.

OpenOffice really is the solution to their problem it seems.


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Reply # 72766 29-May-2007 22:15
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  Reply # 72778 29-May-2007 23:04
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weblordpepe: OpenOffice really is the solution to their problem it seems.

OpenOffice lacks all the polish and many features that MS Office has. There's something to be said for buying a professional program. OpenOffice is a big smelly turd (speaking as a long time user)



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  Reply # 72785 30-May-2007 02:48
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??? Thats a bit of shameless trolling there. Besides..
Microsoft Office lacks all the polish and many features that OpenOffice has.
There's something to be said for buying a professional program. MS Office is a big smelly turd (speaking as a long time user)

You don't have to turn every thread into a flame war. The whole point is that MS Office costs money & has licensing woes for schools, while OpenOffice is rather inexpensive. I didn't see barf's blog about it so I posted here. Big deal.

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  Reply # 72792 30-May-2007 06:39
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It's also amazing how ill informed the MSM where. Watching Prime News at last night the whole story failed to mention that the issue only affected Macs and the closing line from the reporter was something along the lines of "and some principals we spoke to where concerned the replacement software was bugged"

Hmm.. Do they mean the replacement software may have some bugs in it? Office has bugs as well! :-) Smile



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  Reply # 72891 30-May-2007 20:18
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Oh no the software has bugs! The FBI is spying on us! Tongue out

But yeah everywhere I see that article around the web its acompanied by some mention of OpenOffice or zillions of commends from people saying 'Openoffice Openoffice!'.

I wonder how that MS program is coming along that lets Word open Openoffice files...

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  Reply # 72910 30-May-2007 23:11
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I have to say that the spreadsheet in OpenOffice is pretty much inferior with my spreadsheet of choice: Excel 97.  Maybe in a few years it will be equivalent.

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