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[Discuss] LibreOffice and .docx files

Hi, Mike!

I appreciate your point of view!

The documents that I deal with come to me from outside sources, businesses
whose software decisions I have no influence over ....


On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Mike Small <smallm at> wrote:

> Nancy Allison <nancythewriter7 at> writes:
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > I painfully conclude that I must install Word on my Ubuntu 16.04
> machine. I
> > need to be able to handle Word files consistently.
> >
> > So I opened Synaptic Package Manager and searched for Microsoft Word. No
> > luck.
> >
> > What do I do? How do I get it installed?
> >
> > I know, it pains me! But I don't see a way around it. All suggestions
> > gratefully received!
> >
> > --Nancy
> >
> Okay, you said "all suggestions," remember that.
> So here goes: The sooner you (and whatever network of people forcing
> your hand here) can migrate away from Microsoft Word AND Libreoffice or
> Openoffice and over to something like LaTeX the better off you will
> be. You'll need to learn LaTeX of course (a wrapper for it named Lyx may
> help smooth the learning curve, and there are various quite well written
> books about it) but once you master it you should be much happier and
> won't have to deal with these sorts of headaches, or with a number of
> other headaches intrinsic to the PC wordprocessing WYSIWIG
> approach. That was kind of a temporary abberration of the 20th century,
> like Reaganomics, urban renewal or the cold war. WYSIWIG word processors
> and their free software clones belong in a museum of popular culture
> next to the hoola hoop, the Apple II and Barry Manilow albums.
> --
> Mike Small
> smallm at

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