Kim Komando Blesses LibreOffice

Kim Komando does reach the masses.
“Kim’s weekly three-hour call-in talk radio show is heard (via her own national radio network called WestStar) on over 470 stations. In addition, she does a Digital Minute radio feature five days a week; has written ten books about life in the digital age; sends out close to 10 million e-mail newsletters weekly; and authors a widely syndicated newspaper column, which also runs in USA Today.com. “

For her to publish this information about LibreOffice is a huge advertisement, reaching far beyong the GNU/Linux crowd and FLOSSies.
“Microsoft is relaunching its Office Suite. While the redesign has great new features, there’s one major drawback – it’s going to cost you up to $100 a year to use it.

If you can’t afford Microsoft Office, there’s good news. There are several great and free alternatives. LibreOffice is one of them.”
see A free substitute for Microsoft Office – Komando.com, Website for The Kim Komando Radio Show®, Komando Downloads.

The growth of FLOSS seems to be growing exponentially with few corners of the world remaining ignorant of FLOSS and therefor having choice in IT. What a refreshing time in which we live.

She is not quite so generous with GNU/Linux:
“Ubuntu and other Linux varieties aren’t for everyone. I only recommend using it if you know what you’re doing.”

She doesn’t seem to get the concept that not “knowing what you’re doing” can be fixed rather quickly by running GNU/Linux. Most users I have seen are quite comfortable with GNU/Linux in a few minutes just by running a few applications and learning a bit about the file-system. One does not need to be an expert to use GNU/Linux. My 3 year-old grand daughter is quite comfortable with both GNU/Linux and Android/Linux.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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20 Responses to Kim Komando Blesses LibreOffice

  1. eug says:

    Linux, Microsoft and the Juicy Office Rumor

    Rumors are not exactly an uncommon phenomenon here in the Linux community, but every once in a while one comes along that is so compelling, such a deliciously tantalizing prospect, that bloggers just can’t leave it alone, no matter how far-fetched it may be.

    Case in point? Oh, it’s a juicy one: “Microsoft is having a ‘meaningful look’ at a full Linux port of Office thanks to Linux showing signs of commercial viability on the desktop,” in the words of Phoronix writer Michael Larabel, who claimed to have it on good (but unnamed) authority.

    It’s one of those times when your immediate reaction is to say “yeah, right,” but then you
    (…)

    http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Linux-Microsoft-and-the-Juicy-Office-Rumor-77337.html

  2. bw says:

    “Most were offended by it and would not accept that kind of thing from any business willingly.”

    What part of the license do you find the most offensive?

  3. Dr Loser wrote, “yet hundreds of millions of Microsoft’s customers make that decision every year, as a matter of course, and only the occasional martyr like Ernie Balls surfaces”.

    The point is hundreds of millions don’t make that decision. They take what is on retail shelves and all their possible choices include that other OS. Most just click on the “I Accept” button to make it go away. One of my lessons to high school students was to read the EULA. Most were offended by it and would not accept that kind of thing from any business willingly.

  4. Dr Loser says:

    how on earth are customers supposed to figure it all out?

    I absolutely love this argument. How, indeed? After all, “customers” are by definition cretinous — of course, this may depend upon your customers, and Dougman’s customers might support his case — and it’s unfair to expect cretins to figure out what’s best for them, isn’t it?

    And yet hundreds of millions of Microsoft’s customers make that decision every year, as a matter of course, and only the occasional martyr like Ernie Balls surfaces.

    Don’t you think that Ernie, in his singularity, practically screams out that this dire conspiracy theory of yours is just that: a conspiracy theory?

  5. Dr Loser says:

    Ivan, are you claiming that dougie is a “normal person”?

    You need to take your meds, boy.

  6. Der Balrog says:

    Microsoft does what it’s allowed to do. In Germany that part of the license is invalid. It collides with German law concerning the “Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen” (General Terms and Conditions).

  7. Ivan says:

    Hey, dougie, don’t try to modify the subject to fit your argument. While you may want citizen band radios to fit the argument, they don’t.

    No normal person will ever confuse CB with AM radio and no one is listening to AM radio anymore.

  8. dougman says:

    One more reason to dump M$ Office:

    http://www.infoworld.com/t/office-software/microsoft-mangles-office-2013-licensing-212977

    With Office 2013, you only get a license for one PC. More than that, the license is tied to that PC — if your PC dies, for whatever reason, your license expires with it.

    If Microsoft can’t get the information right on its own site — if the licensing terms for a straightforward consumer product are that incredibly complex — how on earth are customers supposed to figure it all out?

  9. dougman says:

    IVAN, you don’t know what your talking about.

    Amplitude modulation, or as commonly known as “AM Radio”, will be around for a long time. Take any short-wave radio and dial from 540khz to 30Mhz and you you will find AM all day long. CB Radios use AM to transmit.

  10. Der Balrog says:

    It may be less popular in cities but even there old folks who are not into the Internet, can have a radio playing in the background so they can keep up with current affairs and so on.

    Quick! Donate some Android phones then! These heretics have to see the light of truth.

  11. Ivan says:

    I hate to break it to you, Bob, but it’s 2013 and no one listens to AM radio anymore. Like the vacuum tube, it had its day but its time to let it go.

  12. dougman says:

    Ooops, the release date of LibreOffice 4, was 2013 NOT 2012.

  13. dougman says:

    One of my favorite past times, was logging out of State AM radio stations growing up.

    It was always pleasing to me, when I could listen to 630 WMAL in Daytona Beach, Fl at night, over 800+ miles away.

  14. Ivan wrote, “No one listens to AM radio down here.”

    Apparently not… List of 50 kW AM radio stations in the United States

    It may be less popular in cities but even there old folks who are not into the Internet, can have a radio playing in the background so they can keep up with current affairs and so on. In rural areas, the longer range of AM (over the horizon) is important, especially in the evening. Lots of public service announcements, weather and news are covered well by AM radio. It isn’t going away any time soon. A decent AM radio costs less than ISP charges or a licence for that other OS. When I was young I used to make “crystal radio sets” out of wire and a single diode. Just add an audio amplifier or sensitive earphone and these powerful AM stations can be received 100 miles or so. There isn’t any less expensive means of mass realtime broadcasting.

  15. Ivan says:

    Kim Komando

    Who?

    I guess she’s more popular in USA.

    No one listens to AM radio down here.

  16. Der Balrog wrote, “To find out which radio stations carry her show you have to enter an e-mail address. How bizarre is that?”

    Works for me except the hits are 1500 miles away…
    “The Kim Komando Show
    Here, Kim takes your calls from coast-to-coast three hours every weekend. Call during the live broadcast Saturday mornings 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pacific, (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern) Toll-Free at 1-888-825-5254.

    Great news! In your area, we are on the following station(s):
    Windsor Detroit/Ontario: CKLW 800 AM, Saturdays starting at 2pm-4pm
    St. Catharines: CKTB 610 AM, Saturday/S unday starting at 1pm-4pm/12pm-3pm”

    I guess she’s more popular in USA.

  17. On Kim Komando and LibreOffice, Der Balrog wrote, “Pogson is grasping at every straw he can find, even if that straw turns out to be a short one.”

    I am retired. I have the time to harvest straw. It’s not out of desperation, but thoroughness. The thing is, I am old enough to remember when Kim Komando and many others in the news media would not give GNU/Linux and FLOSS the time of day. Little by little GNU/Linux is seeping into the consciousness of the world, just like heating a frog in a pot of water. The frog winds up dead, of course, but the world will be freed of M$’s monopoly forever. M$’s monopoly was never about superior technology. That’s why they had to eliminate competition and comparison on price/performance. They fooled some of the people for a long time but it’s over.

  18. kozmcrae says:

    That farting sound you hear is Der Balrog. His words are nothing more than the fetid blast of Microsoft rhetoric.

  19. dougman says:

    You must think that everyone is just plain stupid, and do not know how to use Google for search inquiries. Not hard to type ‘Libreoffice’ in Google, is it?

    LibreOffice is far superior to OpenOffice, due to more developers and quicker development pace. See for yourself:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice#Development
    -Last release was 2012-08-23 Version 3.4.1

    https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleasePlan
    -Last release was 2012-2-04 Version 4

    Looking at M$ Office, if one wants to rent and lease software, then by all means feel free to do so. LibreOffice is free, and good enough for 90% of what people do.

    BTW: You can listen online for free: http://tunein.com/radio/Kim-Komando-Show-p20380/

  20. Der Balrog says:

    ROFL! Reaches the masses? Let’s see:

    1. To find out which radio stations carry her show you have to enter an e-mail address. How bizarre is that?

    2. You can only listen to the show online or via a podcast if you subscribe to Kim’s Club for the hefty subscription price of $5.95 per month.

    3. LibreOffice is buried in her “Downloads” where you first have to find it. She doesn’t even mention Linux as an operating system LO runs on. Chuckle.

    4. A comparison between LibreOffice and OpenOffice (again, if you can find it) is “premium content”. LOL!

    Pogson is grasping at every straw he can find, even if that straw turns out to be a short one.

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