[mythtv-users] Why Free Software has poor usability ?

Jason Antman jason at jasonantman.com
Thu Aug 7 21:35:24 UTC 2008

I don't know what the differences are between Star Office and Open 
Office (StarOffice costs money) but I know that all of Sun's 10,000+ 
employees use StarOffice, and the OpenOffice wiki has a list of somewhat 
impressive large organizations using it.

IMHO, Access is utter crap. I've always viewed it as a middle-ground 
between a spreadsheet and a "real" database.

Yes, OpenOffice Base isn't exactly wonderful. That being said, I've 
never really used it - I either "round down" and use Calc (speadsheet) 
or "round up" and use MySQL or another RDBMS. MySQL is a bit 
heavyweight, given that Access is marketed towards customers who aren't 
exactly DBA's, but a good graphical, hand-holding frontend would handle 
making it a reasonable replacement.

David Brodbeck wrote:
> Jason Antman wrote:
>> Why is it obsolete? I only use OpenOffice (thanks to both Linux, and a
>> year-long internship with Sun) and I have yet to try to do anything it
>> can't handle.
> Their Access work-alike didn't work, last time I tried it.  You couldn't 
> do simple left-join relationships on a form.
> I've also heard from others, but never tried myself, that it's lacking 
> when you try to do more complex business operations, like mail merge.
> It's great for home use, though, don't get me wrong.  It's just far from 
> a business-class package.
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