Is the Linux desktop really here ? was: Re: [linux-audio-user]ebayguy: looks like he figured it out

John Bleichert syborg at
Mon Dec 8 11:42:20 EST 2003

On Mon, 8 Dec 2003, Mark Knecht wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-12-08 at 07:01, John Bleichert wrote:
> > On Mon, 8 Dec 2003 eviltwin69 at wrote:
> > >
> > > My wife is the comptroller for a US Navy activity.  She is the ultimate hard-core Excel user ;-)  Neither Open Office nor Gnumeric can handle the macros that she uses.
> > >
> > > Jan
> > >
> >
> > Yeah, I bet. That's a difficult switch. Although, to be fair, OO Calc or
> > Gnumeric would work fine if she chose to re-program all those macros in
> > their native macro languages ;-) (Does gnumeric have one? I haven't used
> > it in years)
> In my experience this isn't the way the world works. She's probably
> receiving Excel spreadsheets from others that already have stuff
> embedded that won't work with Linux tools. I ran into this problem big
> time when we looked at Star Office and Open Office for work. We couldn't
> use either as their compatibility with both Word and Excel wasn't good
> enough and broke our compatibility with both our vendors and our
> customers.
> As someone who runs a business, why would I want to pay someone $600 to
> fix 10 documents when I can buy Microsoft's tools for $300 and have
> guaranteed compatibility? That's a tough sell...

I understand and agree. I was was being facetious when I suggested she
"re-program all those macros in their native macro languages".

// John Bleichert
// syborg at

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