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Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby mr3do75 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:54 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm a pastor in a small church and running a one-person office where I can't spend tons on computer power. I went for a test-drive with Xubuntu and Mint, and here I am. If anybody has any suggestions on how to make Mint an office powerhouse, let me know. Great to be here with you all!

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby Neil Edmond on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:01 pm

Hello Bob,

Welcome to the Mint club! I don't have any further suggestions, but seems to me Mint is an office powerhouse right out-of-the-box. Is there anything special that you need to do that Mint seems weak in?
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby The-Wizard on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:02 pm

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby Crewp on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:33 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint, and GBU pastor. :D
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby mr3do75 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:54 pm

Hi Neil,

I've been very happy so far with Mint's out-of-the-box power. I suppose what I'm looking for is an equivalent of Outlook for Windows, where I could have one program handling my schedule, email, and contact information. I'm using KOrganizer and Thunderbird right now, and they perform admirably, but I didn't know if there was another option out there. Even if there's not, I couldn't complain. The Mint community has a big fan. :D

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby BlackVeils on Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:16 am

evolution or zimbra desktop, i dont know if the latter is free or not.
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby Pierre on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:18 am

Bob,
Outlook is a 'combo 'type application.

- Thunderbird would replace the eMail part.
- KOrganizer is the diary part of it.

that setup, would be a reasonable, direct replacement, for Outlook.

there usually, is no outright replacement for most M$ products.
so, you have to go to the nearest compromise software.

also look at this site:
http://whdb.com/blog/2008/the-top-50-pr ... ernatives/
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby Bolle1961 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:29 am

Pierre wrote:- Thunderbird would replace the eMail part.
- KOrganizer is the diary part of it.

Thunderbird = mail, contacts and calendar ( with lightning plugin), works great with all desktops
Korganizer is for the KDE desktop
Evolution, comes closest to Outlook, works best with Gnome desktop
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby daveinuk on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:36 am

Although I don't use it I've heard good reports about seamonkey as an all in one package,

http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby mike acker on Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:32 am

one of the key issues I run into helping people to use a Linux system instead of Windows is Office Compatibility. I suggest downloading and installing LibreOffice 4.2. This is the latest version and you may get better compatibility for files in .docx or .xlsx format -- with msft/office users

the real key here is: try to use .pdf when you send out documents rather than the editor formats -- .xlsx and .docx .the LibreOffic e has a built-in SEND PDF option that will convert a document to PDF and link it to an e/mail message. this eliminates the need of saving a copy of the document in .pdf format

this should work perfect unless the other person needs to edit something in which case you need to test with that person to see if you can share documents.

in terms of the "Basic Office Setuup" with a Linux System you have

Libreoffice,-- including documments, spreadsheets, powerpoint ...
Firefox or Chrome -- as web browser
Thunderbird for e/mail, calendar, and contacts. (Install Lightning Calendar plug in )

Be sure to browser through the built-in software library -- I have found programs to do the things I like to do, -- music, photography, website, ...
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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby mr3do75 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:46 pm

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going to give Zimbra and Evolution a look to see if either fits my needs better than Thunderbird and KOrganizer. For word processing and spreadsheets I've been using LibreOffice 4.2 and I'm very happy with it. Sometime soon I'd like to learn some of the basics of the terminal to start to get a feel for how this all works under the hood. I appreciate all the input - thanks for the warm welcome!

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby timapple on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:10 pm

Very cool to hear about your office convert. I might suggest you use google apps for mail and calendar. That way your not tied to the computer at work to check mail and schedule. If you really want to use a desktop app you can also. And still have the convienance of going to the web whenever you want to check things when not around.

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby jesica on Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:21 am

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

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Re: Moving to Mint in the Office!

Postby mike acker on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:47 am

timapple wrote:Very cool to hear about your office convert. I might suggest you use google apps for mail and calendar. That way your not tied to the computer at work to check mail and schedule. If you really want to use a desktop app you can also. And still have the convienance of going to the web whenever you want to check things when not around.

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I would suggest using THUNDERBIRD for mail and calendar. Thunderbird is native to MINT and you can use it with an independent net service. I use and recommend CoreComm Services. by their policy they do not monitor your activity. use an IMAP mail service and you can access your mail from anyplace using a web base mail browser

I have LibreOffice 4.2 installed here; it seems to be more compatible w/ MSFT office. Generally if you are going to send documents use .pdf format if possible. LibreOffice will allow you to export to pdf and link into e/mail automatically without saving the .pdf and then going after it with your e/mail which is a very nice feature.

you only need to sent .docx or .xlsx if the other party want to edit the document

let us know how all this goes. my brother's company tried this but the boss balked "because it was different". they could have succeeeded and saved a lot of money and had a better system .
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