Re: Leaving the (MS) Office
After takin' a swig o' grog, [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> I've used MS Office since the late, lamented WordPerfect DOS bit the
> dust in the late nineties. In 2003, I decided to write a 300-page book
> in OpenOffice because I'd suffered too many crashes and scary file
> manglings with MS Word. I have to say, OpenOffice Writer is MUCH
> better than MS Word 2007. Sure, you can find matching features in both
> programs, but OpenOffice is far more STABLE. I first used MS Word in
> the late 1980s. Twenty years later, it's still got a ton of bugs, not
> to mention features that Word users have complained about during all
> that time. (Bulleted lists!) It's as simple as this: OpenOffice
> developers listen to their customers; MS doesn't.
4) SharePoint: Alfresco. Microsoft SharePoint Server, to give it its
due, does a fine job of organizing users' information so that you can
easily get to it from a Web-based interface. There are just two
things. One, it's proprietary, and, two; there's nothing SharePoint
can do that Alfresco can't do. I mean that quite literally. When
Microsoft was forced by the European Union to cough up its
proprietary network protocols, it had to open up the SharePoint
Protocol. So Alfresco starting adding support for the SharePoint
Protocol so soon any application that can use SharePoint can also use
. . .
SharePoint requires you not only to buy the server, but also SQL
Server and Windows Server 2003 or 2008, CALs (Client Access
Licenses), and a hodgepodge of other odds and ends of Microsoft
server software. My back-of-envelope calculations give me a cost, for
five ordinary user CALs, getting everything on the cheap, and no list
prices here, for about five grand. Alfresco? Do it yourself and it
won't cost you a dime.
Matt Asay weighs in on it (as a stakeholder, though) in the comments:
Thanks for the notice. SharePoint is actually good software, but
somewhat limited. If all you want to do is Microsoft Office document
collaboration (and you already have Microsoft SQL Server as your
database, Windows as your server, IIS, ActiveDirectory, etc.
etc.), then SharePoint is a good tool.
But then, Alfresco does exactly the same Microsoft Office
collaboration, and I'd argue that we actually do Office integration
and collaboration better than Microsoft does. (You don't have to
believe me - you can download the software and give it a spin.)
We also do it with whatever OS you want, whatever database you want,
whatever application server you want, etc.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.