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InfoWorld: Lindows Shopping

Feb 21, 2003, 07:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Dickerson)

[ Thanks to Scott Knight for this link. ]

"With my anti-Linux-desktop prejudice in full force, I set out to prove to myself that Linux was not a viable choice for the desktop. I decided to take the RedHat 8.0 system on my desktop and put it through the paces of our business. I intentionally built a stock workstation install with no special configuration options for my tests.

"First, I took a key budget modeling Excel spreadsheet used regularly at InfoWorld and decided to load it into a free spreadsheet program. The most convenient one on the desktop was OpenOffice Calc, but I could have used StarOffice with just a little more work. This particular spreadsheet is probably the most complex one I use at InfoWorld. I transferred it to my Linux machine and opened the spreadsheet in OpenOffice Calc. It worked flawlessly. I tried several other key spreadsheets and had no problems with any of them. In fact, as I was working with one of them, one of our sales people came into my office. This particular salesperson had not seen Linux in action, and as I turned to demonstrate, he looked at the open spreadsheet on my screen and said, 'I didn't know Excel ran on Linux.' In one simple sentence, the usefulness of the OpenOffice Calc program was validated—if my spreadsheets work and a salesperson recognizes (functionally at least) the software at a first glance in the Linux environment, the training is mostly done..."

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