Subject: Re: Sharing word processor docs with windows users
To: Peter Bex <>
From: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 04/27/2004 08:21:11
On Tue, 27 Apr 2004 14:19:00 +0200
Peter Bex <> wrote:
> My question is this: What do you guys use to communicate in the harsh
> reality where Windows & MS Office are the common thing?
> I'd prefer not to use any MS .doc format at all.  It would just help
> keep the status quo.  There has to be a real open alternative, no?
> Do I really have to give in and install KDE/K Office and all bloat
> that comes with it and confirm the prevailing idea that MS Office is
> the only thing and the best thing around?  (I don't know of any other
> good, stable editor for MS Word documents.  Abiword was very bad in my
> experience and Star Office is just as big & bad as K Office)

Unfortunately K Office isn't good enough and you need something even
more bloated.  I had to install OpenOffice which works fine but takes
forever to start up.  Still, it handles Word, Excel and probably other
MS formats just fine.

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