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WillE

Joined: 19 Jun 2013
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Location: Harrogate, England

PostPosted: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 18:48    Post_subject:  At last!  

I love my puppy! Unlike the canine variety it generally does as it's told and costs me nothing. Sorted.

As a professional writer and musician I use my computer for the basics: word processing, web and email. The Puppy experience is fast and stable. It does what I need and runs like shit off a shovel in the RAM of my modestly-specified netbook, doubling its battery-life against the clunky, hard-drive-hogging Windows 7 installation I have. Indeed, the only reason I haven't sacked the latter is on the principle that I paid good money for it (including an upgrade to 2Gb of RAM in order to run the Home Premium version, more fool me).

Sure, Puppy isn't perfect. Firstly, and most important to me, I find AbiWord rather buggy. It does the job but occasional glitches piss me off. Not as much a M$ Word pisses me off, but I still see room for improvement.

Yes, I could install Open/Libre Office, but since I have no need for the rest of the suite beyond Writer it would kinda defeat the Puppy principle. Is there a more stable but still fully-featured stand-alone word-cruncher that anyone could recommend? (I grew up with Locoscript and still yearn for it!)

Then there's that email client that sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. It does that job and I love not having to rely on webmail. I also love the way it sets up your Googlemail account automatically, But it keeps telling me that an upgrade is available; when click on a link, I get a page in Japanese (I think: it could be Manderin for all I know) so I daren't click on anything.

Finally, epdview. I tried opening a pdf file in full screen mode today and the only way I could get out of it was by holding down the reset button on my computer, with l the consequent problems of losing my current session and damaging my file system. I'm not stupid but I really couldn't find a way out.

But hese are minor niggles. Congratulations on the best OS since RISCOS Wink
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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 19:15    Post_subject:  

I use Softmaker Office, which can be run from a USB stick as a portable app. as well as having Windows and Linux versions. It is not free, but is cheap and has interesting licence terms (very open) About £20.

I also have a copy of Kingstone Office free which is Windows only. There is a pro version which costs around 60 dollars/Euros

Both the above will read and write? MS Office formats as well as the usual formats. Both are fairly similar to Office to use but are far smaller installs.

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WillE

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 05:37    Post_subject:  

Thanks, Burn_IT. I'll give them a try.

BTW, searching this board I note that there's actually an SFS avaiable for Kingston Office at http://www.adrive.com/public/85NbyD/kingston-9-0.sfs
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slenkar

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 11:38    Post_subject:  

ive been using puppy only, for several months, havent had any problems, very pleased
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666philb


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 12:25    Post_subject:  

hi WillE

what puppy are you using? as the problem with epdfview is a bug with JWM (joes window manager) that affected some puppies. it affected the fullscreen option on all apps. This shouldn't be a problem in later puppies.

also instead of resetting the computer, you can press 'ctrl, left alt and backspace' to drop to a prompt, then type xwin to get back to the desktop

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linuxbear

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 14:48    Post_subject:  

There are other writers using Linux as well .Some of them are using writer's apps which allow them to keep their drafts, research and final versions all in one place. These apps often have the ability to save in HTML as well as formats like doc, kindle and epub. Cory Docterow uses Ubuntu, but I think he writes his books with VI or some other text editor
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DaveS


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 16:33    Post_subject:  

I think that might be KINGSOFT Office. Use it all the time on my Android devices. On Puppy it renders fonts light years better than Libre Office. Which is nice . . . . . . .
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 18:06    Post_subject:  

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I think that might be KINGSOFT Office
Indeed.
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 19:35    Post_subject:  

WillE wrote:
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Then there's that email client that sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. It does that job and I love not having to rely on webmail. I also love the way it sets up your Googlemail account automatically, But it keeps telling me that an upgrade is available; when click on a link, I get a page in Japanese (I think: it could be Manderin for all I know) so I daren't click on anything.

I prefer this older version of Sylpheed.
It works with many Pups, and has never given me that problem.


Burn_IT wrote:
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I use Softmaker Office, which can be run from a USB stick as a portable app. as well as having Windows and Linux versions. It is not free

These versions are:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=82904&search_id=1478753533
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?search_id=1182176712&t=72301
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raffy

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 22:32    Post_subject: FreeOffice  

Also there:
FreeOffice (English only) in sfs format for Puppy Linux

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rokytnji


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Location: Pecos/ Texas

PostPosted: Fri 21 Jun 2013, 00:53    Post_subject:  

Shoot if just wanting a writer with some features instead of a office suite.

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=78199

Unless docx is a requirement that was not mentioned.

Edit: for mail if not using seamonkey mail I use

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=73939
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Bananarama

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jun 2013, 08:58    Post_subject: SoftMaker Office / FreeOffice  

According to my experience SoftMaker Office is unrivaled: slim, fast, highly compatible to all kinds of Microsoft Office formats, comfortable UI, free support. Costs you $69 for three licenses, or ~$40 as upgrade. You can try it out free for 30 days, have a look at the SoftMaker website.

They also offer a lite version for free, which has less features and can only read, but not save docx, xlsx, pptx, but if you need an office suite for basic use, FreeOffice is great, and compared to LibreOffice it has only 57MB instead of ~200MB size.

freeoffice.com
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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jun 2013, 18:35    Post_subject:  

Bananarama wrote:
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According to my experience SoftMaker Office is unrivaled: slim, fast, highly compatible to all kinds of Microsoft Office formats

Indeed. Smile
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WillE

Joined: 19 Jun 2013
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Location: Harrogate, England

PostPosted: Sat 22 Jun 2013, 07:27    Post_subject:  

666philb wrote:
hi WillE

what puppy are you using? as the problem with epdfview is a bug with JWM (joes window manager) that affected some puppies. it affected the fullscreen option on all apps. This shouldn't be a problem in later puppies.

also instead of resetting the computer, you can press 'ctrl, left alt and backspace' to drop to a prompt, then type xwin to get back to the desktop


I'm using Slacko 5.4, which is fairly recent. But there are plenty of other PDF readers out there, so it's not a problem.

I've installed Freeoffice Text Maker, thanks for the pointers. I'm so delighted with it that I've also installed Planmaker and sacked both AbiWord and Gnumeric (though I'm aware that some open source diehards may regard this with scorn). FreeOffice is, indeed, lean, mean and as fully-functioned as I need.

As regards LibreOffice, I have that on a Mint 15 installation on my desktop. Having been using OpenOffice (and before that, Sun StarOffice) as a M$ Office alternative for many years, I don't think Libre measures up at all. I'd go for OpenOffice all the way, but FreeOffice does me fine for my Puppy netbook.

Thanks to all for your help and advice.
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WillE

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Jun 2013, 07:35    Post_subject:  

PS I did consider the sfs version of FreeOffice, which is fine if you want the whole thing. But you have to install it to select the components if, say, you just want to install Text Maker with en_gb dictionary.
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