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Linux.com: Productivity under Linux: Word Processors

Feb 24, 2000, 19:09 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Written communication is important in the corporate environment, be it a memo for your staff, a business plan for the banks or a resume for prospective employers. Tasks with a word processor can be as simple as the aforementioned or as complex as filing out thousands of letters to customers with custom addresses, graphics...everything short of moving video and dancing girls. These suites have become very important to a computing platform, especially one that sits on the desktop."

"With Linux's recent mass movement onto the desktop, these office suites will determine Linux's overall success. Why? Compatibility. As Linux becomes more viable on the desktop as cost-effective alternative to existing commercial products, the forward looking managers will attempt to deploy them in their office. As this happens, their employees will look into Linux for the home because they want to keep compatible with the systems at work. As this happens, education systems themselves will look towards the corporations and provide training on systems that are compatible to ease entry into the workforce. This also means the students themselves will look towards Linux systems to keep compatible with the schools, who are in turn keeping compatible with the corporations, who are in turn trying to keep total cost of operation low while keeping employee productivity stable. I call this, "trickle-down computing" which is the very reason why "IBM-PC Compatible" computers rule the desktop and not Apple Macintoshes. This is the reason my old high school taught with PC's and the reason I own several PC's."

"These products have matured and are nicely wedged in the office environment. It would be suicide to attempt to remove that wedge which is so tightly planted that who knows what will break down. Imagery aside, the common theme here is compatibility and integration. With this in mind, I will take a look at several word processing and office suites for Linux and see how easily they integrate with the rest of the office."

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