I'm an avid, keen, ardent, enthusiastic, or whatever Linux-wannabe. But,
I'm one of those who never really, really "dare".
I know of the potential of Linux. I know of its stability. I know of its
speed and its eagerness to perform. I know there are already today a
multitude of applications (and since very, very recently, one of the key
applications - Gnumeric; which, at least, made it for my decision). I know
of its advantages over the MS world, and much, much more.
Since I am so well informed, how come I'm still a leftover decaying in the
First and, surely, only, because I, and my surroundings, are all
microsoftish, but yet I don't know if I would still be able to interact
with them using Linux. Our server is running Apache, yes, but that doesn't
help our productivity, based on wordprocessors, spreadsheets, databases,
statistical packages, graphic utilities, etc. I'm talking file exchanges.
I still don't know if I can use, import, emulate, or whatever, files
created in an Win95/98/NT world. (such topics aren't exactly widely
discussed widely in the Linux world; taking this knowledge for granted?) If
there is a way to use files, from within Linux, created in a standard, e.g.
MS Office97 (x86) program, or, in some other "widely spread" program please
let us now. My own, and apparently most of my colleagues', concern is
wether they can transport their "old" data files over to a new one, without
"too" much loss of formatting, etc. And, on top of it, we must be able to
do this back and forth; our group is still interacting with another 120
million Win95 users... Please, dear Flamers, don't ask too much...
With all the very best hopes for a future in a 25% Linuxian world.
(I understand this topic should have been discussed a number of times, yet
this newgroup is updated ever so often I surely have missed any previous
message on the topic)