re. openoffice -- many thanks. i might take you up on it, though i remember a very unhappy experience with an ibm compile of openoffice a couple of years ago. at the moment i am on a photo assignment and i can say with unbounded delight that though tiny the GPD is an excellent portable picture editor when combined with the GIMP and gThumb (thugh the latter suffers from GTK tiny font disease under TDE. (oh, for that 200 percent button in the GTK-handling configuration tab in kcontrol!) in a couple of hours i'll be seeing if it's useful for writing a 1100-word story on deadline in, i guess, kword (or else a logout and login to gnome to use abiword). dep Sent withProtonMailSecure Email. Because privacy matters.