Open Source 1, Proprietary Software 0

I bought a new HP laptop this week after my old one died.  I decided on the HP after looking at Macs, Dells, Lenovos, and a few others.  I was tempted but couldn’t justify the extra expense of the Mac, both for the computer itself and for the Windows XP or Vista I would need to run the PC-specific software I use.  The HP dv3 weighs about 4.5 pounds and has all the space, speed, and features I need from a laptop.   Like most PCs these days it came with software pre-installed that I immediately including  Norton Anti-Virus and a demo edition of Microsoft Office Suite.  I’ve committed to weaning myself from Word, Excel, and Power Point and using the OpenOffice Suite.  It is open source, opens documents created in Microsoft Office, saves documents in multiple formats including .doc and .xls, fully-featured, and free.  I’ve been using it on my desktop PC for about a month.  Its menu is similar to Word but not identical, so there is a learning curve.  After 20 minutes trying to format and print labels I put that learning experience aside and printed them from Word, where I know all of the steps.  I’ll conquer that task another day.  It feels very good not to pay Microsoft–or any company–the hundreds of dollars I would spend on Office 2007.

5 thoughts on “Open Source 1, Proprietary Software 0”

  1. Once you figure out all the aspects of Open Office, it will be smooth sailing for you. I’ve used it before, but trust me, it never always works. After a few frustrations like the ones you had, sooner or later you will find yourself giving in to Microsoft Word and paying the $170 or so for the program. If I were you, I wouldn’t be all smiles yet for not paying the hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office. Although I must say that Open Office is the best free thing that ever happened in relation to word processing software.

  2. In relation to the previous response, I say for now it’s Open Source 1, Proprietary Software 0, but after a few frustrations, the reverse would be true: Open Source 1, Proprietary Software 5.

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