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[school-discuss] Re: [Ossi] Re: [Gov-list] Open Source in Government and Schools
Tom Adelstein wrote:
If you use OpenOffice you may want to switch to SO7 as it provides
higher quality desktop rendering and many addons.
From memory, some of the Linux platforms have tweaked their release(s)
of OpenOffice and their X-Server to include very high quality
rendering as well.
As a point of interest however, Sun's Java Desktop System (based
heavily on SuSE Linux at present) with StarOffice 7 is quite well put
together, quite pleasant to use, and has the "higher quality desktop
rendering" that you mention. Actually just about to convert this PC
that I'm on over to it as well...
I just got through testing all the releases on which I could get my
hands. Some enhanced rendering exists on SuSE and Fedora, I agree. I had
to do some serious tweaking to get them to a satisfactory level and they
still don't come anywhere close to Sun's Java Desktop System. I am
particularly bothered by the iniiation phase of X windows in every
distribution except JDS.
Sun's build environment came from SuSE alright, but it's not SuSE. It
contains many enhancements from various properties owned by Sun. In
fact, it's the most pleasant user exerience I've tested. I switched over
in December and have discussed the desktop with numerous people who
agree with my assessment.
As a final test, I compared the JDS to my wife's G4 OS X Mac by buying a
comparable ATI video card and digitial flat panel monitor. JDS ran
faster and renders comparably. Frankly, I had to run some tests multiple
times thinking I make a mistake. Remarkable!