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Month: June 2018

Re: [trinity-users] the continuing drama of tiny computers

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 11:47:12 -0700

On Saturday 30 June 2018 11:12:24 dep wrote:
> 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

They have deb packages, so you don't need to compile from source. True enough, 
it's a little tricky to get it  properly installed the first time; but now 
that I have messed it up several times before you, I think I have got the 
order of steps down to an almost surefire routine. Once installed, it's a 

By the way, I ran OpenOffice on an Android phone, as well, for a few months, 
and occasionally run the Portable Apps version from my flash drive, too, when 
I am forced to use a public computer. 

What I like about OpenOffice is that it still does everything I want, 
configures to match whatever desktop I'm using, and also, since it's 
cross-platform, I don't have to switch between various formats. (When I open 
up Abiword docs in OO or LO, I usually see formatting marks that need to be 
cleaned up. KWord also did not perform too well.) With OO, I can use the same 
documents on different systems, and they don't get messed up; only when I ran 
the rotten Apple did I have some minor problems. 

The most trouble I have with OpenOffice is whenever I need to convert from/to 
Word doc or docx (but it still works!). The only other serious problem I've 
had is in joining the parts of a dissertation for another person (where the 
page numbers are changed from Roman numerals to Arabic, and change from 
bottom footer to top footer, etc.). There is an extension that does this kind 
of thing pretty well, sort of, but it still leaves a little to be desired. 
But it doesn't sound like you are working with any documents with those 

Anyway, let me know. Instructions are kept ready in a file, refined patiently 
over several long dark system reinstallations of the soul.