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NewsForge: Some Good Reasons Not to Use Linux

Jan 31, 2002, 19:30 (66 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"Some people can use Linux, and some can't. No matter how many Linux zealots talk nasty about Windows or Mac users or say that Linux is wonderful, not everyone can do their work in Linux.

"Start with desktop publishing [DTP]. This is one of the most common computer tasks. Small companies, home-based entrepreneurs, schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, community centers, amateur sports leagues, and all kinds of groups use computers to make letters and letterheads, business cards, envelopes, newsletters, fliers,forms, and many other kinds of printed matter. For many people, businesses, and organizations, this is the primary reason to buy a computer in the first place.

"Go to any store that sells computer software. Desktop publishing software is all over the place, ranging from little $10 utilities that make nothing but greeting cards up to full-featured DTP programs that will make almost any kind of "home made" printed material anyone is likely to need or want. Buy pre-scored sheets of business card stock from companies like Avery, and they'll also provide software that'll help you use their products. Note, too, the link to the Microsoft Office Template Gallery. There is no link to a StarOffice or OpenOffice template gallery. There are special-purpose print templates around for StarOffice, but they are neither extensive nor, in my experience, very usable..."

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