Open Office has Writer in place of Word, and Calc for Excel.
It's one think to require a key to use an app but it's totally different to require the app access to the net so it can contact MS's servers
OMG, a XXIth century company using XXIth technology for copyright protection. How dare they! They should stick to methods which even a 12 year old kid can break, is that what you're saying?
It's also treating users like criminals when apps install a bunch of spyware such as Windows Genuine Advantage.
Yet MS is the only one I know that requires that.
Other vendors do it as well.
Two out of three Windows PCs I bought new did.
Did you pay $200 for each of them, or was it total?
I also had to have hardware replaced on my PCs, I had to replace the motherboards and harddisks on two new Windows PC within a year
Because you bought cheap crap. No wonder it was crashing.
I never did install Linux though, because the original hardware was not compatible.
it would have been if they had rushed into switching over
But not switching over and remaining in a limbo is not a sustainable long-term policy. Think about the inconvenience of having two different spreadsheets in use across the administration.
But I agree they could have saved money by using a disto that was available instead of programming their own.
AFAIR they tried, but it turned out to be impossible. Go Linux!
Linux and open source is costly?
In terms of time, for example.
as well as all the apps needed for an office
For most people, if it doesn't have Word & Excel, it doesn't have "all the apps needed for an office".
And it came with an OS from a company that treats it's customers like criminals.
My other reason was because I got sick and tired of my Windows PCs constantly crashing
Funny thing, my Windows PC does not crash.
having to replace hardware
On a Windows PC you actually *can* replace hardware. On a Linux box, you stick to the working configuration you've got, because buying any new piece of hardware involves doing research on the internet checking if distro X supports hardware Y, version Z.
and reinstalling Windows
What for? I just installed my Windows 2 years after changing the motherboard ago and never reinstalled it again.
What's more costly is paying for something that is not usable!!!
But you said you don't pay for Linux?
This is a perfect example of how Open Source cult is a cost to the many, but the source of cushy jobs for the few.
Munich is nearly 900 years old
Why limit ourselves here? Earth is several billion years old! That's a time frame.
As a true geek you probably were unaware of this fact, but most nipples are found on women.