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Penguinista.org: Should the Wine developers work on getting MS Office to run on Linux?

Jun 30, 2000, 18:22 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Merrell)

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"There's an interesting poll under way at the Wine Weekly News (WWN) web site. Site visitors are being asked to vote for the tasks they'd most like to see Wine's developers working on. ... Getting Microsoft Office to run under Wine as the top priority by nearly two to one over the runner-up? Yuck! But you'll see that kind of myopia among too many Linux users wherever you go, and often you'll hear it from the same people who badmouth Microsoft Windows."

"Give it a break, folks. The same problems that plague Windows also come with Microsoft Office. From bugginess to monopoly market position, MS Office is truly Redmond's application counterpart to Windows. Getting MS Office running under Wine and hence under Linux not only shouldn't be a priority for the Wine development team, it's something that needs to be actively opposed."

"MS Office may be fine for folks who just need to crank out letters, but it's a piece of garbage for advanced word processing needs. For example, look for my article to be published during the next few days at LLRX.com on "why Microsoft Word is not ready for the law office." It includes supporting tables that list 38 separate bugs in Microsoft Word's footnote and endnote features alone, all cross-referenced with hyperlinks to Microsoft's Knowledge Base, and listing all the versions of Word each bug persisted through. Many of them date back to Word for DOS v. 1.0, and have never been fixed."

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