On 2/12/2018 8:01 AM, Dave Barton wrote:
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From: Gary Madine <gary.e.mad...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:18:21 -0500
First a note to list subscribers: Please recognize that Garry (not
subscribed) has written his message in a frustrated and irritated
frame of mind and as a list moderator I would request that you please
resist the temptation to respond in a way that might be inflammatory.
I’m trying to prepare an important business letter in a hurry.
How the hell do I disable your automatic "guessing-ahead-of-time" what words I
want to type?
Many novice users have similar problems. The reason is volunteers spend
a lot of time designing and
coding powerful features, and they want to show off their work so they
make them the Default. It's understandable
why, if they don't, how will anyone know the feature is available? What
goes wrong is the majority of
users want something that's easy to use from the start, and all it takes
is one snag and the feature turns into a
nightmare. When one has time this isn't as frustrating as when one is in
a hurry, but when the new car won't
start, people get angry. OO is good software, written by talented
people, but the lack of focus on marketing
causes this type of problem to occur. If OO cost the same as MS Office,
it's doubtful many would use it, or
there'd be enough profit to pay 'volunteers' a living wage.
Open source software is necessary to prevent corrupt people from using
computers to rip people off, The
only way I see to make it viable is to give tax credits to individuals
and corporations that support it. In the
present system, those who support OSS are at a considerable disadvantage
in the market place because
work they fund can be used by competitors for free! Money going into OSS
projects would enable things
essential to success, that volunteers can't do, like writing tutorials
and providing on line technical support.