Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: IBM is alive ;)
On 07/02/2012 21:01, Robert Derman wrote:
May be you missed what happened in several European countries, where
primarily ODF was a political choice. This is in French but speaks about
almost 14 ministries using LibreOffice
You'll be able to find other things like that if you ask the language
My take is that LibreOffice like OpenOffice is an office suite chosen
primarily by home users, novelists and other self employed writers,
academics, very small businesses, and general fans of open source.
My mistake then. I didn't read deeply enough into the thread.
I still submit that none of these open source projects and their
products compete in the sense of meaningful market share. With
MS-Office dominating so thoroughly the only thing that makes sense is
to build a shared sense of opportunity, rather than bickering
IBM Docs will be a component of the IBM Connections offering later
this year. I don't know how that looks like a competitor to
LibreOffice. Lotus Symphony was primarily offered to Lotus Notes
customers in large enterprise as a no charge entitlement. Integrated
in this fashion, it offers customers an alternative to MS-Office if
they choose. We have no evidence that these customers consider
LibreOffice, so I don't think it's fair to say we are in a sort of
What matters most is to help end users understand the benefits of ODF
as their file format, and improve interoperability with the dominance
of MS-Office formats.
I hope you can at least agree on this last point, if not the others.
Big corporations never even consider using such products because of a
lack of certain kinds of refinements. The lack of integration with MS
email products is an absolute deal breaker in many cases, as is the
lack on an adequate spell check dictionary, a good presentation
program, and a few other items. To most large businesses the price of
MS-Office products is insignificant compared to the inconvenience to
them of doing without some of its features.
It's not only someone like you. Owning your data and what they will
become in the future is a matter for all of us.
Ensuring the file format stays open and accessible for everyone and the
tool dealing with it remains available for all in their own language
with an easy and documented way to be modified is what we are aiming
each and every day.
I used OpenOffice, and now use LibreOffice (Writer only, I have no
need whatsoever for a spreadsheet etc.) because I just don't like
Word. There are a few things I would really like to see improved
and/or changed about Writer, but it still is the best word processor
around, at least for the needs of someone like me.
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