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Geneva Tax Authorities Distribute Mozilla 1.2.1 to Taxpayers

Saturday February 15th, 2003

The German Heise magazine is reporting that all taxpayers in the Swiss canton of Geneva are being given a CD which includes a French version of Mozilla 1.2.1. The CD also includes GEtax 2002, a tax declaration program, and OpenOffice.org 1.0.1.

Though the Heise article is in German, a rough English translation is available courtesy of Google. Thanks to johann_p for the news.


#9 Re: Re: Re: Break away!

by mesostinky

Saturday February 15th, 2003 1:19 PM

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"Are there compelling advantages that OpenOffice offers over MSOffice to the average (non-corporate) user other than the moral satisfaction of using it?"

Maybe because it works? Thinking that people and coporations use OpenOffice solely for "moral" reasons is a pretty native position to take. Most people use MS Office for very basic word procession, spreadsheets and email. For most users OpenOffice is a fine drop-in substitute and their are of course many free and proprietary email clients to choose from. As far as advantages to the non-coporation user, Price is one of the biggest advantages. The fact that its got more features than most non-corporate users will ever need is another advantage. OpenOffice is also truly crossplatform and of cource opensource which is becoming important these days. It sometimes has difficultly with Microsoft's undocumented proprietary file formats and it doesn't come with a email/groupware package yet. It also doesn't come with an exact duplicate for Access. For average non-coporate users these things many times are not even a problem. If you do happen to be an Access addict than obviously OpenOffice may not be for you just yet. The lack of groupware capability being finished does hurt for large coporations, but keep in mind most businesses are small business and have only the basic needs I described above. Overall its a good program and while it may not be as polished as MS Office yet it does work well right now and its only getting better. I use it daily for home use and don't miss MS Office at all.