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[–] 5162202? 1 points 20 points (+21|-1) ago 

I don't understand why it is taking establishments so long to move to free open source computing. So much wasted money.
Libreoffice is buggy and bad for complicated documents.
but so is MSOffice..... so why pay for it?

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[–] thrus 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The answer is simple, they would rather spend money on the software then on training. Software comes from IT's budget and they are a known cost center (most companies, few use a charge back system and bill the department for IT's services), training comes from the department's budget and they are expect to turn a profit equal or grater then last year a big department wide training would make that hard to do on paper. When the departments compete to look good instead of for the good of the company as a whole you get dumb decisions that look good on paper at one tier but bad at the whole bottom line.

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[–] 0x5f3759df 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Also, especially in governmental agencies, there is an enormous inertia, in everything. It takes far less effort to keep everything the way it is, even if that wastes a lot of money.

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[–] laikaislost 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

they would rather spend money on the software then on training

I would say that from my experience, the bigger reason is support rather than just training (though I agree that training is a big component also because time lost learning tools is time not earning money, because for a large company, 2 hours per employee is equal to the cost of the Microsoft license). LibreOffice support would come from in-house, however MS Office is a mature product with more business implementation, and microsoft has better support than LibreOffice.

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[–] PenguinsTapDancing 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

LibreOffice is actually a pretty stable product these days, and not at all buggy. The 5.xx updates revamped the interface, increased stability even more, made it faster, more light weight, and honestly one of the best options available.

Go back about 2 years, and I couldn't get it to work with Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, it would just crash, but today, other than formatting differences because Microsoft won't play well with standards, LO has become my office-suit of choice.

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[–] SkinnyMagna 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Because IT has been focused on "customer service" for too long instead of "doing the job right". Two magic words can fix all that. "Tough Shit". I don't care what you're comfy using at home, learn it or leave.

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[–] BustyChicksFTW 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

LibreOffice translates poorly some Microsoft Documents (math symbols, page outlines, etc.). Since most documents are written with MS Office, you try to stick with Microsoft Office to prevent document fuck ups.

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[–] pennypusher 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

€29M is a drop in the sea of the defense balance.

I wonder if this has more to do with keeping sensitive data away from Microsoft.

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[–] laikaislost 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

If I were in defense, I don't know if I would trust Microsoft or LibreOffice more for security. One is a large foreign company, the other is an open source project that does not have the same security research investment behind it.

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[–] Venturer 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I'm sure if they hired €5M worth of programmers to help LibreOffice strengthen their security they would be much better off security wise than Microsoft could dream of. Then still come out ahead €24M with better software and it being more secure.

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[–] faissaloo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Except with one it's actually possible to assess LibreOffice's security and even fix it, which you couldn't do with Microsoft

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[–] 9-11 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

linux platform is communist in nature though

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[–] indiglo_girls 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

Smart, they're gonna pay less for more headaches.

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[–] MRPockets 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

While interoperability between MS Office & LibreOffice is frequently buggy, LibreOffice works very well with the Open Document Format (it's "native" format). As the Italian Military is making a full transition (dropping MS Office entirely) & making the Open Document Format the standard, they will be avoiding most of the headaches that can come with LibreOffice.

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[–] NorwegianBlackMetal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

LibreOffice and OpenOffice have been fine for me the last whatever years. Maybe an accountant should pay for excel but not the average asshole.

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[–] gl7 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Micosoft : ok, let me "update" the Microsoft Office format so that whoever send documents to the Libre Office user corrupt the formatting.