Oracle Cloud Office

Oracle just joined the cloud, when it recently announced it will start Oracle Cloud Office, which allows users to create and edit documents without the need for desktop software. The Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 application can be viewed on smartphones, but lack the editing features. It’s also compatible with Microsoft Office and Open Office and is based on the open ODF format. It’s unclear whether Oracle plans to charge customers.

On a side note, Open Office which is also managed by Oracle, will release Open Office 3.3 which integrates well with Cloud Office. The Cloud Office can also connect with Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Microsoft Sharepoint making it well positioned for enterprise use. From the looks of it, Oracle’s vision for the cloud just got clearer.

Now, it has two office suites. One is open-source that resides on the desktop. The other resides in the cloud and geared more towards the enterprise.

Office Suite For The Mac

I recently bought a 13 inch MacBook Air and I’m loving it. I’ve downloaded several programs, mostly open-source to stay productive, but there is one piece of software glaringly missing. I don’t have an Office suite. Yes, no word processor, no spreadsheet and no presentation software.

Of course, there are many options. There’s Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 which retails for $150. There is also Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business which sells for $280. Apple has a product called iWorks which retails for $80.

Then, there are several open-source options. OpenOffice is available for download. LibreOffice is not quite not there yet. It’s in Beta and is months away from being a general release. Then, there’s Google Docs, which is accessible anywhere, and in any platform.

Currently, Google Docs is currently my choice. I might switch to LibreOffice later when it becomes available. I’m trying to avoid OpenOffice if at all possible, only because it’s Oracle. iWorks is a good possibility. Microsoft Office for the Mac is a long shot and maybe out of the question.

What Office suite should I use?

Ten Blockbusters Made With the Help of Linux

What would movies be without the aid of Linux? Debatable. Here are at least ten blockbuster movies that were produced with the help of Linux systems. The list starts out with the latest, Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Shrek the Third, X-Men the Last Stand, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars Episode 2, Gladiator, Matrix and Titanic.

I woke up this morning to see an article entitled, “Open Office is a piece of crap, Or is it?” Just the fact that it’s not Microsoft Office doesn’t mean it’s junk. Many governments, schools, universities, non-profit organizations use Open Office Suite of as an alternative. There were other worthy word processors before Word became the defacto.

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IBM Replaces Microsoft Office

An article from Linux Magazine details IBM with its 360,000 workforce throwing out Microsoft Office and replacing it with Open Office-based software called Symphony.

Quoting an inside source, the German economic newspaper, “Handelsblatt” reports that staff at IBM have been given ten days to change to Symphony, IBM’s in-house Lotus software. The use of Microsoft Office will in future require managerial approval. With immediate affect, the Open Document Format (ODF) will rule at IBM with the file ending .doc soon belonging to the past.

Lotus Symphony is an office software that incorporates huge chunks of customized Open Office without a databank module. The free software download provided by IBM is an attempt at luring customers away from Microsoft. IBM’s cooperation with Linux distributors like Red Hat, Canonical and Novell was designed to strengthen the software’s market chances.

IBM’s management have obviously decided to practice what they preach. 330,000 IBM workers already use Symphony, reports the newspaper. The motive for the migration appears not to be the saving of license fees, and according to an IBM press officer, the move is a clear statement in appreciation of open source standards

Do you really need Windows?

Do you really need to run Windows? It’s a question most computer users haven’t really thought about. Most users perform basic functions such as browsing the web, checking email, word processing or running a basic spreadsheet. What most people don’t realize is that these are functions that you can easily perform and run in Linux.

Most users are already familiar with the Firefox browser. If you’re not a Firefox fan, you can use Google Chrome which also available in Linux. If you’re still not happy with either one, you can try Opera, Konqueror, Flock, Galeon, Epiphany and even Lynx, a text-based browser.

There are a number of options in Linux for word processing. Open Office is pretty much standard in most Linux distributions. You can also use KOffice or AbiWord. The same goes for spreadsheets. The choices are many.

One benefit Window users will get from Linux is having a rock stable environment that’s free from viruses. In addition, Linux will cost you $0 dollars. It’s absolutely free. Compare that when buying Windows 7 upgrade or the full version.

When I converted to Linux, there was a transition period where I was running both Windows and Linux on my desktop. I dual booted for several months before moving strictly to Linux. Weaning Windows users might be the ideal approach for the switch.

Linux has come a long way. Linux is grown up. Linux has improve by leaps and bounds. If you’re still on the fence about converting to Linux, well, get off it. Give Linux a try. It’s definitely worth your while.

OpenOffice 3.1

OpenOffice 3.1 was released today. The previous version, OpenOffice 3.0 has been downloaded over 60 million times since it was released last October 2008.

So, what’s new with OpenOffice 3.1? An improved on screen graphics or anti-aliasing heads the list of improvements. The improved graphics even extend to images that are dragged across the screen.

Writer, the word processor now supports ‘reply’ and ‘conversation’ as well as an integrated grammar check operation. Calc, the spreadsheet comes with improved sorting, hot new formulas and overall improved performance.

To see all the new features of OpenOffice 3.1, check out the official release statement from the OpenOffice.org community.

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope released just a few weeks ago comes with OpenOffice 3.0.1. To upgrade to OpenOffice 3.1, just follow the instructions detailed by Andrew.

Open Office 3.0

If you have not been living under a rock, you probably heard by now that Office 3.0 was released to the general public on October 13th. If you have not heard about the Open Office 3.0 release, it’s time to get familiar with the Open Office 3.0 application.

Open Office is an open-source Office Suite of Applications. It’s the free, open-source equivalent to MS Office suite of applications. Open Office 3.0 contains a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Graphics, Formula and Database capabilities. The biggest feature for this release; Open Office is now available to the Mac.

Other prominent features are Open Office can now open files saved in Microsoft 2007 or Microsoft 2008 for the Mac. The new suite plays nicely with Visual Basic and Microsoft Access 2007 formats. Users can also create Web 2.0 documents in XHTML and MediaWiki formats.

With third-party addons, more capabilities are available including an Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import, and the creation of Hybrid PDF documents.

The Open Office website is currently experiencing high traffic due to huge amount of downloads. It seems like a popular site at the moment. If you want to check it out, visit the Open Office website.