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Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 64

Exchange / server 2003 dont tend to just randomly blow up. Usually if you investigate you'll find something the user did, or some bizarre extenuating circumstance.

My favorite is when people clear out the "log files" to free up disk space, and then wonder why the information store wont mount.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 64

I think you are dismissing your relative's complaints as habit too quickly. I got my brother on LO a while back, and he gave it a serious try (would have saved $250!) for several weeks before showing me several features LO lacked, like proper callout notes in word.

I myself have written term papers in LO, and compared with MS Office some of its footnoting / endnoting / formatting conventions are nightmarish.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 64

That comparison sort of demonstrates the issue that a lot of geeks have: technical superiority is irrelevant. What matters is:
  1) Are the features included the ones that users actually want?
  2) Are the features included easily discoverable?
  3) Do those features work consistently, and fit with the user workflow?
  4) Is the interface polished and well designed?

Its worth noting that even during the ribbon change, people were preferring Office over LibreOffice. So either the ribbon wasnt that bad, or Libreoffice was that much worse.

Too many geeks will look at a product and say "but it does this!" while ignoring that its not what the user wants.

Comment: Re:Procedural Rules? (Score 2) 116

by LordLimecat (#46769511) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Gideon makes such an outcome improbable, and if it happens will end up in an appeals court with the case being overturned due to lack of qualified representation.

What are they teaching kids in schools these days? Back in my day Gideon's Trumpet was in the curriculum and we went over all the key / formative SCOTUS rulings over the US's history.

Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 4, Insightful) 64

It might have been funny, if I hadnt gotten complaints from every single person Ive recommended oOO to over the years, and had every single one end up buying office.

And its not even like its just that theyre familiar with Office; oOO lacks serious polish and is sometimes maddening to work with.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (Score 1) 565

by LordLimecat (#46760115) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

The OP claimed that you couldn't get support on very old OSS software from the vendor (though this in itself is a dubious claim).

That was me, and its not Dubious. RedHatLinux 4 is in "extended" support / the last phases of its support, and thats ~2005. Nothing older than that is supported by them. No commercial Linux distro from 2002 is currently supported; not even the kernel is actively maintained (it was EOL'd 2 years ago).

You can find a consultant to support it, Im sure, if thats any consolation.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (Score 1) 565

by LordLimecat (#46758099) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

I am the wrong person to get into the nitty gritty of it, but I believe this is handled by Side-by-Side dependencies (SxS) in windows. I have only very rarely seen dependency problems on Windows, even going back to the days when XP was new and 2000 still roamed the earth. Linux dependency problems are less common but theyre definitely a bigger issue than Windows ones.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (Score 1) 565

by LordLimecat (#46758073) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Microsoft is still supporting Vista, which is ~9 years old at this point. No other major OS vendor is supporting an OS that old; as I said RedHat is the closest, with their RHEL 5 support.

I am working for a large company and we are only just finishing the transition from XP to 7.

I imagine a transition from RedHatLinux 7 (Valhalla) to RHEL 6 would be similarly nightmarish. Lets compare apples to apples, shall we?

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