Does OpenOffice.org fall short?

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Here’s a bit from occasional contributor Imagineer66 in response to my throw-away comment that choosing between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice on functionality is like choosing between tweedle dum and tweedle dee:

I am past-president for our local Lunix User Group and currently its education director. I also am President and chief salesman for a small (5 employee) company. As a side duty in a small company I am also CIO, chief geek, and everyday computer repair technician. We have 4 servers running Linux, two desktops running Linux and 3 laptops running Windows.

In general, OpenOffice lacks many features that frequent users of Office use. Several key features just simply don’t work or don’t work well. Case in point, I still have not gotten Write to do a mail merge with a non-SQL data source. Given that I don’t claim infallibly, I have offered a $200 bounty to our LUG for anyone who can show us how to do it. The bounty has stood for 4 years not with standing 9 or 10 challenges. This is something that is ridiculously easy to do in Word. This is just one example of features that I DEPEND ON at least weekly, if not daily, where OpenOffice falls significantly short.

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