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IBM Lotus Symphony Beta

Postby gman on Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:27 pm

IBM Lotus Symphony Beta - Word Processor, Spreadsheets and Presentation, powered by Eclipse. Worth looking at. Does some things that I wish OpenOffice did, in particular placing images in a document via a link instead of embedding actually works as a linked image, that is, if you move the document from a folder with the linked image to another folder with the image in the same path setup, it will change the reference to the image to match the path setrup. For example, if you have a document and image in /home/user/doc and place the image in the document as linked you get a reference such as file:////home/user/doc/imagename.png. Moved the document and file to say /home/user/doc2 and the image link will change to file:////home/user/doc2/imagename.png.

So anyway, may want to check this out. You will need an IBM account to actually download.

http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.jspa
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Postby 900i on Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:22 pm

I have tried it at work today and the gui is a bit Java-ish, still prefer Open-Office personally.
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Postby gman on Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:58 pm

Might be a Linux/Java thing. On Windows it looks good, no Java-ish look.
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Postby 900i on Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:27 pm

It was the Windows version I tried!
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Postby gman on Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:44 pm

I hope IBM doesn't have illusions that this will help Linux users, because I for the life cannot get the things installed on Mint. Whether I try as sudo or normal user I get an install error. Not simple errors mind you, but complicated Java garbage. I guess I will be sticking with Open Office after all.
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Postby gman on Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:36 am

I reported the install problem on the IBM Lotus Symphony web site. Here is IBM's response:

The supported configuration are listed in Installation Guide. Other configurations are not supported. We may consider this platform in future plan.

IBM supports RHEL5 and SLED10, no support for other distros at this time.
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Postby 900i on Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:54 pm

Looks like they are only interested in supporting corporate Linux, where the money is!
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