Subject: Re: [open-source] Sun to start charging for Star Office
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/21/2002 09:23:39
On Thu, Mar 21, 2002 at 11:50:04AM -0500, Jan Schaumann wrote:

 > > None of those are useful for dealing with MS Word, Excel, etc. documents.
 > gnumeric reads excel to some extent, abiword reads _some_ MS Word.
 > > "Some of us have to do that, you know."
 > antiword(1) is my favorite for that purpose.  Others even go as far as
 > strings(1).

The problem is that:

	(1) None of these are sufficient for the needs of a great many
	    people who run Unix but have to exchange documents with
	    people who don't.

	(2) If NetBSD is ever going to compete in the desktop arena,
	    a well-integrated package (like OpenOffice) is needed.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>