Nov 172011
 

by
Frank Harris-Smith

I use Linux for work. There is a smooth work flow that I can achieve using the Linux Desktop that just doesn’t happen for me on any other platform. I find using Linux for serious projects not only is efficient but I also enjoy the process.

Both my home desktop and my laptop run Ubuntu Linux as the default OS. I do that for consistency. Having different Office Suites in the past has caused minor inconsistencies in documents I start on one and finish on the other.

Here is the list of software I use daily in my work:

  1. LibreOffice 4.3 Writer and sometimes Calc
  2. gEdit 3.2.1 for note-taking
  3. FireFox 7 for Internet Research and Email
  4. and Ubuntu Linux 11.10 to make it all run flawlessly

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Nov 122011
 

by
Frank Harris-Smith

Just over a year ago the open source Office Suite world was disturbed by indecision, much the same way world stock markets have been upset by uncertainty today. Oracle had purchased Sun Microsystems and with it the “ownership” of the open source office suite OpenOffice.org.

Being unsure of what Oracle would do with OpenOffice.org a number of the key developers at OO.org left and formed the Document Foundation. They named their fork of the OO.org code “LibreOffice”. “Libre” meaning “little or no restriction.”
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