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Comment Re:Should be Windows GOLD (Score 1) 712

I'd be happy to pay $25 a year and always have the newest version of Windows.

And I'm quite happy to pay absolutely nothing and get the latest Ubuntu or Mint or (name the distro you like) twice a year, and choose which ones I care to install. To anticipate an argument: yes it's work to upgrade (although can you say upgrading Windows isn't work too?)... but when I upgrade, I get a good understanding of what's going into my system, how the parts fit together, how I can streamline or improve, etc., and that translates later into regained time in terms of work effectiveness and productivity.

Comment Re:Lies (Score 2) 712

That isn't working "just fine" then. That's the problem with Linux hardware support and Linux software; it only kind of works and often requires a bunch of messing around to even get to that state.

And--- even assuming this is true, which it isn't most of the time--- I'm willing to do the necessary messing around, because I maintain complete control over my hardware and software. I've made my Linux Mint systems do everything necessary to accomplish real work in an efficient manner. It's cost me some time (but NO money), but I reclaim that time with a more effective and productive working environment.

Comment Do you trust the hirers? (Score 1) 795

Leaving aside unjudged all of the arguments back and forth discussed above, do you really trust the motives of companies like Microsoft in appealing for more H1B visas? They do so because there's something in it for them, not out of any kind of altruism, and surely without any concern for anything except that which benefits their bottom line.

Comment Re:Good news for Libre Office! (Score 1) 349

The problem I mention, though--- of making overly complicated documents and presentations--- is hardly limited to MS Office. You can make the same mistake with Libre Office, which has more than enough bells and whistles to enable your message to be obfuscated, even if not as many as MS Office. Here the user is definitely at fault, but it is independent of his choice of FOSS vs. proprietary. I too am fine with the idea of FOSS options having fewer features; after all, I'm paying nothing for it, and most of the time, I get what I need to do the task at hand. WRT the idea of "throwing money" at proprietary software to get the job done, however, I think the classic example is OCR, where FOSS options are severely limited (I'd love to be proved wrong, but it sure seems that way). I'm not aware of anything remotely in the class of ABBY FineReader, even though that item comes at a horrendous price.

Comment Re:Google Docs (Score 1) 349

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that Google Docs (free) meets my meager needs. You can even download copies of your documents, in several different formats, to store locally.

Highly recommended unless you have advanced needs.

Yes, I do believe Google Docs is now beyond meeting simple needs and can meet needs of moderate complexity. And I question how often 'advanced' features truly enhance communication.

Comment Re:This just in... (Score 1) 349

Why would a home user waste valuable income on a new version of Office? Are ribbons all that important for that letter to Aunt Edna?

There's actually an interesting point here, which is that for many, many word processing jobs, all the fancy features are not necessary to get the message across. Something really old (and small) like WordStar 5.5 has more than enough feature power to write a letter to GrandMama, compose a 100,000 word novel, etc. Google Docs will do all that and more, handling graphics and tables. All the fancy-doodle stuff in Word isn't needed for probably 95% of the work out there.

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