On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:10:51 +0000
Bruce Cran <br...@cran.org.uk> articulated:

> On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:38:01 -0500
> Jerry <freebsd.u...@seibercom.net> wrote:
> > Despite all of the rubbish the FOSS community
> > has spewed for over 10 years, OpenOffice is nothing more than a poor
> > clone of Office 97. The newly released "libreoffice" might be usable
> > someday; however, it is now only in its infancy. There is no way it
> > can be compared to a full blown MS Office 10 suite.
> For some, Office is unusable due to the new Ribbon interface and
> libreoffice is the usable office suite due to its familiar menus.

New, as in four years old? That is one of the worst straw man arguments
I have heard in a while. In any case, In 2008 OpenOffice.org started
the project Renaissance to improve the user interface of OpenOffice. So
far the prototypes of the project are frequently seen as similar to the
ribbon interface.

Obviously, the use and customization of any software is a personal
experience. However, if the use of the "ribbon" is beyond your
abilities, and I am assuming that you are aware that the "ribbon" can
be hidden, modified and that there are many "add-ons" available that
can be used to manage it, then so be it. I would rather work with an
application with a minor annoyance, and I do not find the "ribbon" to be
one, then to use a less robust application. Again, it is up to the end
user to ascertain their requirements and find the tool that is best
fitted to that job.

In any case, I am quite confident that your condemnation of the
"ribbon" is totally based on your reading of Slashdot and other similar
documents and not from any personal experience.

Jerry ✌

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