OT: Linux and OpenOffice
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Sat Sep 6 16:10:47 CDT 2008
>From: Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
>Sent 9/6/2008 4:55:19 PM
>To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts cctalk at classiccmp.org
>Subject: Re: OT: Linux and OpenOffice
>Bottom line for me is that I need to run Windoze for my musical
>notation editors (Finale and Sibelius). While it's true that a few
>folks have gotten them running under Wine, performance is sub-Windows
>(didn't think that was possible) with numerous gotchas that I don't
>want to deal with.
>Both Coda and Sibelius officially state "There are no plans to
>produce Linux compatible versions of our products".
They're only locking themselves out, if there is a semi-comparable product.
I know it MAY have sounded like I was anti-Linux a week or two ago, but it's
quite the opposite. Right tool for the job...
>I can't imagine that it's just the music people who are alone in this
>respect. While Linux does have some music notation utilities
>(Rosegarden, NoteEdit, Lilypond), none of them have the polished
>utility of Finale or Sibelius. I suspect that when you get in the
>area of $500+ single-user license specialty software, Linux isn't an
>So I grit my teeth and deal with Microso~1. Or use my Mac.
>And yes, this is vintage--people have wondered about this for more
>than 10 years. Another shame is that Sibelius discontinued the
>version of its software that ran on the Acorn. It used to be the
>reason to buy an Acorn for many.
Acorn RiscOS machines?
I acquired a RiscPC 700 from a chap in Missouri - how he came to acquire it,
I have no idea. I found some links to wire in a PC power supply, and I yanked
one from one of those book pc's. This one even had an ethernet interface in it!
Very unique machine - I got through fleaBay a Strongarm 200mHz CPU board,
and the machine already had an HD and a CDROM. Also from the UK i got a
2nd "slice" to make it a double-decker, and a ROM+RiscOS upgrade.
I quickly lost interest in that, though.. but it was an interesting machine. I ended up
selling it on fleaBay for about $200 or so to someone here in the states.
I'm sure many others on the list as as I am - I like to acquire things, learn them, and
then pass them on to someone else, and I've done that with SGI's, Sun's, HP
unix workstations, I had a DG with AOS on it (never learned THAT though) as well
as playing with Hercules IBM mainframe emulator for MVS 3.8 and VM/370 R6
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