2nd UK User Conference - call for papers?

David Marsh at home drmarsh at bigfoot.com
Thu Jul 13 16:26:56 BST 2000

On 12-Jul-00 Neil Ford wrote:
> My suggestion is;
>   MS Windows: Living with it, living without it.
> A fair number of us have to co-exist with Microsoft products and hearing
> about other people's experiences I think would be good. And of course,
> Nik can give us his Scandisk presentation again :-)
> Subjects covered could include:
>   VMware
>   Samba
>   WINE
>   Office suite replacements to MS Office and how to exchange data with MS
>     Office users
>   Connecting Palm handhelds to FreeBSD (for those who wish to leave
> Windows completely behind.
>   How people have mananged ti intergrate FreeBSD and Windows in a work
>     environmment.

Seriously, that sounds like an *excellent* theme, and I *really* want to go
to the next conference if so!!

If I could also add to that list: workshop/tutorial on getting StarOffice
installed! I've struggled to install v5.1 (I think - the version you can
download from Sun (or it was the current version a few months back, anyway))
and it just kept on starting up the horrible Windoze-esque screen-filling
Install program each time I tried to run it, after having thought I had
installed it successfully.. :-(

Definitely a workshop on other (perhaps more FreeBSD-friendly) office
program alternatives would be a goody. I'm keeping my eye on AbiWord for
now, but it's not quite usable yet..

What would also be cool would be if somebody with a faaast connection could
burn up some CDs with the source files (or packages) for various FreeBSD
office suites to distribute (sell?) at the conference. It's a real drag
being a dialup user and trying to download the likes of StarOffice at
33k6.. :-(


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