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