[nycbug-talk] BSD on a desktop

G.Rosamond george
Sat Jul 31 09:14:16 EDT 2004

On Jul 31, 2004, at 12:49 AM, Scott Robbins wrote:

> On Sat, Jul 31, 2004 at 12:41:23AM -0400, Scott Robbins wrote:
>> For word processing, I use OpenOffice--I basically just need
>> compatibility with MS .doc and .xls formats and I also need Japanese.
>> I've only been able to print Japanese using OpenOffice--last time I
>> tried, AbiWord wouldn't even enable me to properly input it.  As this 
>> is
>> an infrequent need, I keep meaning to put in Abiword again, just to 
>> keep
>> for simply .doc format when I don't need Japanese or other features of
>> OpenOffice.  Again, FreeBSD is a bit behind Linux--OpenOffice now has 
>> a
>> version 1.2 (and a 2.x snapshot--though I've heard that is back to 
>> being
>> slow)  1.2 does seem much faster than the 1.1 versions.  Trying to do 
>> it
>> from ports is a major nuisance, and openoffice.org does have a package
>> for 1.1.2, which is a bit faster than 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 (which is, IIRC,
>> the latest offered through ports).
> Oops, see I was in error here--I'd written there was a version 1.2.x
> which there isn't--openoffice.org's FreeBSD version is now on the same
> level as Linux's, 1.1.2.  It does seem faster than previous versions,
> but (subjective opinion) does seem to open a bit faster in Linux than 
> in
> FreeBSD--however, the difference is minor, perhaps a second or so.
> Also, as they're all on different boxes, not sure how much of this is
> simply due to hardware.

Unless you're using FBSD 4.10. . . which is still 1.0.

I do notice a general speed difference with the newer versions. . .

I know there are hacks to increase speed of OOo startup, but haven't 
googled yet, so I'll keep my mouth shut <g>


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