LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

A mixed bag of messages at Ireland's premier Linux conference.
Acknowledgment

A big thank-you to "maddog" for kindly providing me with a selection of pictures from the show to include with this report. Upon browsing the pictures, I came across this one, which may hint at his real reason for coming to Ireland.

Figure 3. If you've ever needed a reason to visit Ireland, then here it is.

Paul Barry lectures at The Institute of Technology, Carlow in Ireland. His first book, Programming the Network with Perl, was published by Wiley in February 2002. His next book, Bioinformatics, Biocomputing and Perl, a collaboration with Michael Moorhouse, is scheduled to be published by Wiley toward the end of 2003.

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Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

barryp's picture

I always get a few e-mails sent directly to me with very good comments. Here is an extract from one that I think other readers of this Show Report may find interesting: "I agree with the idea that OpenOffice is what Linux needs to penetrate the business environment. I think it'll be ready in two years time. I'd love to stop my users using Office97 right now. I've tried but Linux/OpenOffice still requires more hardware than Win95/Office97. Wotta pain. And OpenOffice doesn't do database queries as easily as Excel. It also doesn't seem to do pivot tables at all. I desperately need pivot tables - my users are wedded to them."Thanks, Paul.

Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

Anonymous's picture

Open Office certainly does do pivot tables and has done for years.
This is one of the first things I was asked when trying to get people to use StarOffice. StarOffice/OpenOffice can do so much, but sometimes it takes a bit of finding.
I forget where it is exactly but check the help section for Calc and search for Rotation, I gaurantee you it is there.

Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

Anonymous's picture

> The likes of ComPiere, Claroline and Kora

I think you mean Koha an Integrated Library System (ILS), mentioned in a recent issue of Linux Journal.

http://www.koha.org/

The presenation by Ciaran McCabe of OpenApp is available here

http://openapp.biz/

http://openapp.biz/ictexpo/ictexpo.pdf

http://openapp.biz/ictexpo/ictexpo.html

(at the time of writing the link for the HTML version is broken).

Re: Whoops on "Koha"

barryp's picture

Yes, I did mean Koha - Sorry. My error. Thanks for the correction.

Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

Anonymous's picture

Good article. One quick correction though -- Ireland is the biggest software exporter in the world, not the second biggest, at least as of a few years ago.

(presumably this is because the US software market is primarily internal. If state-to-state exports were included, no doubt CA would be way ahead ;)

Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

barryp's picture

Thanks for that correction.

Re: LinuxWorld Ireland 2003

Anonymous's picture

Openoffice is pretty good. Still lots of things that don't work quite right (printing labels is pretty primitive for example). However don't give up on Kword yet. Kword uses a somewhat different paradigm and potentially fills a slightly different niche. Kword is frame based which opens up publishing possibilities that don't look to be in the near term future of Openoffice.

Just my $0.02

kiatoa

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OpenOffice.org is KWord

Anonymous's picture

Is KWord available for Mac OS or on Microsoft Windows?

If not why not, why exclude 99% of desktop users from your potential userbase.

For business and large scale deployments this is a big deal. It allows users to learn and choose OpenOffice.org and transitiona gradually without the cose of changing their current desktop.

How good is MSWord compatibility in KWord?

How good is OpenOffice.org compatibility in KWord? (or failing that how best do you exachange documents with OO.o users?)

/endDevilsAdvocate

I like KWord and Abiword and hope they both manage to find a niche to fill and live on, but I expect OpenOffice.org to dominate (and it will inevitably get faster and cleaner).

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