August 31, 2009

I'm considering notebooks. Can I run OpenOffice (& other Open Source software like Synapsen) on a Toshiba using Windows XP? How much hassle am I letting myself in for?

Download windows version of OOo from http://www.openoffice.org/...

Download windows version of OOo from http://www.openoffice.org/

Not sure about Synapsen

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OpenOffice is fine on Linux and Windows as well, you've a quite good and...

OpenOffice is fine on Linux and Windows as well, you've a quite good and stable suite. "Compatibility" is improving, you've usable documents, you can open/read/write Office documents (even from 2007 suite). I'm using Openoffice mainly because I use two PC at work, one with Windows, one with Linux, OpenOffice is a requirement if I wanna work with my own documents as well as with my colleagues (using Win)
If you're primarly using Excel and Word you've good chances of a very good interoperation but it's not so perfect as it could be, you know, when you deal with closed formats without doc you don't have 100% interoperability (courtesy of MS).
Powerpoint is improving, word and excel are more mature

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It can be a good support for M$ Office's format, but it's not perfect. You...

It can be a good support for M$ Office's format, but it's not perfect. You also can use the IBM Lotus Symphony.

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For OO.org no more hassle than MS Office! In fact less as you can just go...

For OO.org no more hassle than MS Office! In fact less as you can just go download it for free :)

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Not sure about Synapsen, but OpenOffice runs fine on my XP Toshiba with no...

Not sure about Synapsen, but OpenOffice runs fine on my XP Toshiba with no hassles. If Synapsen has a windows installer, then it should run just fine.

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