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    So, I'm starting college on monday.

    at the age of 26. local community college. better late than never!

    anyways, i don't have a windows or OS X install anywhere.

    (i certainly don't plan on taking any computer-related courses at community, as they have no offerings that interest me. thats for later, hopefully at Berkeley if all goes well... and a quick scan of the Berkeley course offerings indicates to me that lacking windows wont be a problem while taking computer-related courses at the birthplace of BSD. )

    so, how much difficulty am i going to face?

    i know i will face some when doing collaborative projects - after spending a zillion dollars on MS Office, none of my soon-to-be-peers are going to like me telling them that the 'easiest' way for us to work together is either for them to use OO.o too or for both of us to use google docs...

    or has OO.o progressed to the point that converting a document back and forth won't be an issue?

    should i just suck it up, go buy windows, and install it in vBox?

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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    i've never had problems using open office when others use MS Office.

    btw, congrats on getting started on your path to higher education! i'm an undergrad at berkeley and the EECS department is fantastic! can't wait til your here

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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    I say "stick to you guns". It doesn't cost others anything to install open office. Why should you have to shell out for something you don't want just to cater for someone elses wishes? OOo runs on all platforms.
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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    Set your OpenOffice preferences to save as MS-Office and there shouldn't be an issue.
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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomick View Post
    I say "stick to you guns". It doesn't cost others anything to install open office. Why should you have to shell out for something you don't want just to cater for someone elses wishes? OOo runs on all platforms.
    Why should others have to install OpenOffice because one member of their group doesn't have Microsoft Office?

    That said, you probably won't have any format problems if dealing with simple text documents. Presentations, however, can be a headache.

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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    Well, my husband just started going back to school at the age of 37. Better late than never indeed.

    He's a Windows man, but he doesn't have much other MS software. No MSOffice or Works or Powerpoint. So far he's been able to do everything with OpenOffice, including editing a powerpoint presentation for a group project recently.

    I wouldn't even bring it up.

    I know with my husband, the school said he *has* to use MSOffice, *has* to use PowerPoint, *has* to use IE... it's just not so, he's been getting on just fine with Firefox and OpenOffice.

    Congratulations on getting back to school.

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    Why should others have to install OpenOffice because one member of their group doesn't have Microsoft Office?
    yeah, thats part of the concern. 5 people choose one path for whatever reasons. 1 person, me, chooses a different path for whatever reasons.

    who am i to say that my reasons are more important than their reasons?
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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    Congrats on going to college. I haven't got any advice on getting along in the system computer wise. Just remember that the profs control your future at this particular time. If you need to go the Windoze route don't forget to use your student discounts. Another way to save, is find an old Windows 2000 disk and buy an older version of Office.

    Just some thoughts for saving a nickel and once again congrats.

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    I was able to make it through college just fine with OO.o
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    Re: So, I'm starting college on monday.

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomick View Post
    I say "stick to you guns". It doesn't cost others anything to install open office. Why should you have to shell out for something you don't want just to cater for someone elses wishes? OOo runs on all platforms.
    On a similar note, I'd suggest sticking to your guns, but doing it quietly.

    I know with my husband, the school *requires* him to use MSOffice and IE. If he doesn't have them, he can buy them at a discount from the school bookstore. If he can't afford them with the student discount, he can apply for aid. See where this is going? If someone gets a bug up their but about it, he could be forced to buy MSOffice. (Which wouldn't be a HUGE deal but seriously, we have better things to do with our monies!)

    But as it is he just uses his preffered apps with no one knowing the better.

    -zami

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