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Old 08-23-2013, 07:01 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by rkfb View Post
It all needs more support from big players. If Her Majesty's Government here in the UK said that from now on all Government websites would provide all documents in the open document format so that they were accessible to all then that would be a massive leap forward.
The EU requires that all internal documents be provided 'also' in odf. :

But the British goverment pretends thsi still needs a 'consultation':
Old 08-25-2013, 11:53 PM   #47
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Wink LibreOffice and Bricscad

I use LibreOffice for nearly all documents (the final versions are in PDF so people i work with have no way to see I use LibreOffice; I use the .doc format for minor revisions and they also can't tell what am i using to generate them).

For technical drawing works I use Bricscad, using the .dwg format (DWG2007 format for compatibility). I found Autocad 2013 is not compatible with other versions of Autocad itself (opening a file in 2013 gave me a message about 300 errors found in the drawing; I thought it was Bricscad but the same happens when I save it in Autocad 2007 so I suspect it's Autodesk's vendor lock in strategy for forcing people to switch to 2013). In addition of Bricscad being proprietary I also use other proprietary add-ons for Bricscad.

What does not work: embedding pictures inside drawings.

Besides that I normally use another proprietary application for budgets (using Vmware as it's built upon .NET4) and I manually convert the data to another format (quite old) required by our clients. It's only presentation, and the new application's presentation is better but the clients demand the old one so that's the one we give them. I convert the data using LibreOffice. And they can't tell what software we used to generate the .PDF output file (they could check the properties and they would still even see Crystal Reports as the generator).

I also use Crossover Office, and through it Etabs and SAP2000. (there are FLOSS alternatives but they're not as specialized yet).

And Quantum GIS, among other applications for managing GIS data.

All of this using Slackware.
Old 08-26-2013, 04:55 AM   #48
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Slackware in everyday office life?
why not? I use Slackware only -- at home and at work. At work, I use LibreOffice from AlienBob and Gnumeric for my office needs, but I do have the luxury not to need to exchange documents very often. If I have to send a document to someone, I always convert to PDF and it works perfectly that way. The other use of Slackware (and that's its real strength for me) is bioinformatics -- all the tools I need are available at
Old 08-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by kikinovak View Post
I have quite some experience with setting up various Brother printers for clients. I even published an article in a french print magazine about that subject a few years ago. Until now, I pretty much got every single one of them to work. But you have to use the drivers shipped by Brother. They usually come as a pair : driver + cupswrapper.

Someone wrote an article about the subject on the Slackware Documentation Project:[]=brother
Cheers. It was never a high priority for me as it is a secondary printer, so I just never got round to it, and I scan rarely. The information on the slackware docs helped loads though, and now everything is working.

One thing, the printer wouldn't work properly. I had to tell it to change the location of the printer from lpd://<hostname>/binary_p1 to ldp://<ip address>/binary_p1. Not a big deal though.
Old 08-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #50
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Unfortunately i cant use Slackware on my everyday use at the office.

Usually my issues are related to heavy spreadsheets with macro, or some stupid mandatory code programmed on silverlight...


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