Hmm, this is why an SBC work environment is best. When it comes to programs like OOo you could easily use a program like tarantella and everyone would have a happy day. Really...implementing Tarantella on the server (if that company's server is already based on SBC)would be the way to go. Only worries then would be adding accounts and installing it...
And although I am very happy that you were thinking about migrating to Linux, OOo is also available for Windows(http://download.openoffice.org/2.0.1/
). So is Tarantella (www.propalms.com
Don't know if this helped in any way, but didn't understand you all that well =(