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The USA Register: Running MS-Office on Linux

Apr 17, 2002, 14:30 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

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"There's been a lot of talk in the tech press lately about whether CodeWeavers' Crossover Office for Linux will draw Windows users. The theory here is that a fair number of home users and a vast lot of businesses naturally despise Windows, but can't give it up because they adore MS Office. Home computer users may have learned it in school and be habituated to it, and they may take their work home now and then. If the uni or the office uses MSO, they'll obviously need it on their PCs.

"For businesses, the savings from an open-source OS have got to be tantalizing; but the learning curve on a new office suite is also a productivity curve -- and that, obviously, costs money.

"Microsoft Office, the theory goes, is what keeps home users demanding Windows PCs, and what keeps businesses capitulating to confiscatory license fees from MS for every piece of tin in their shops, while wasting valuable man hours doing license audits in terror of a visit from the BSA shock troops. They'd be delighted to move to an open source operating system so long as they could run their favorite applications..."

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