Today, while cleaning up old backups, I found a text file named as this post, which I saved on November 17th, 2000, but never used. Cannot remember what I was planning to do with it, but here it goes. A bit naive, surely dated (just look at which Free Software **companies **I was suggesting to go for help…) but still interesting, considering how things stand today. Here it goes, unchanged:Linux on the desktop won’t be even considered by most corporations _ and newbies until it comes by default with one single icon that says:_
- Twelve (TWELVE!!!) years ago I asked OpenOffice users “Are you advocating OO correctly”. Six years ago I said the same things in a different format. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a perfect proof that that kind of advocay IS right, but so far has been never practiced enough.Twelve years ago I wrote (the whole thread is still in the archives) that: most of [OpenOffice] advocacy, while always in good faith, is often incomplete, misleading, and much less effective than what it could be.
- OpenOffice (OOo) is the free, currently most popular alternative to Microsoft Office, the office suite that (with active help from some schools and Public Administrations) creates cocain-like addiction problems. The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an international standard for office documents like texts, presentations and spreadsheets. ODF is already widely adopted worldwide. Using ODF for all your office documents is by far the easiest, safest and most realistic way today to really free yourself from the cocain-like nature of Microsoft Office file formats.
- OpenOffice.org has failed to provide effective user support via email. LibreOffice can and should avoid the same mistake. (important: this is just one of the Three things to not forget to make LibreOffice (and ODF) succeed!) An office suite is (besides games, Web browsing and email) the only reason for many ordinary people to use a computer. Users of such programs often know little or nothing about how computers or the Internet work.