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Comment Step one: ask the manufacturers (Score 1) 277

Write to Sony, Samsung, and the other TV manufacturers and ask _them_ which of their products work with Linux. Even though you will probably get a disappointing answer, you will have expressed interest in having consumer electronics work with Linux. If even one one-hundreth of the Linux community were to express interest in Linux-compatible hardware and Linux ports of software, you wouldn't even need to ask the question. Lets make things better for those of us who will be in the submitter's shoes five years from now: write to the hardware manufacturers and ask about Linux support!

Comment Re:Underwhelming (Score 1) 617

Its a nice idea, I guess, and I understand that if you keep it closer to that one big name competitor, then you can make it easier for people to transition, but I prefer to dedicate my limited real estate on my screen to what I'm actually trying to work on, not the tools that I can use to get the job done. I can't imagine this interface on my eeePc. I think the only thing I'll be trying out on this interface is the option to set it back to the old one.

The default MSO 2007 installation with the Ribbon takes up _less_ screen real estate for the UI than does the default MSO 2003 with toolbar, despite the larger icons.

Comment Re:out of place in non-windows OS'es? (Score 1) 617

Let me be the first to assure that the interface is also out of place in Windows OS'es. I'm still at a loss to figure out exactly what functionality that new interface added to Office. It did require us to purchase all new manuals and devote a considerable amount of time to retraining our users. Perhaps that was the "goal"?

First of all, TFM is available for free here:

Seceond of all, for non-trained users, the Ribbon is easier to use. So long as the menu-driven interface is optional (whether is it the default or not) then power users can continue as they always have.

Comment Re:How about some nice menus instead? (Score 5, Insightful) 617

The Ribbon is no good even in Windows. And isn't it patented? There's no reason Open Office needs to ape Microsoft's mistakes.

As a casual user with no time or interest to do a full OOo course (or even RTFM usually) I welcome the Ribbon UI. I understand that experienced and advanced users may not like it, but assuming that the original interface is not removed then the addition of the ribbon would certainly help weekend users like myself.

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