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In my experience, no. It seems to depend on the document though. Sometimes LibreOffice is best, sometimes WPS, sometimes Textmaker. Libreoffice has improved a lot in that regard since I became a Linux user.

I would say that so far, I don't see any improvements in them over the 2016 versions.

I'm marking as I'm typing this.  :P

Distributions / Re: Ubuntu upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:42:10 pm »
Just a quick update. Today I upgraded a different 17.04 installation, and it was even smoother than that of my previous try when 17.10 first came out. This time Simplenote worked out of the box, even before I updated it to the present version (1.10), and the snap wasn't needed. Insync worked ok without doing anything special. Dropbox didn't. I had to update it and then run "dropbox start" to get it working and its icon showing up on the unity menubar.

What office program works best for you really depends on what you use it for. In my case, the spreadsheet isn't the issue; any one of the available spreadsheets, including gnumeric, are more than I need. But then I don't do anything all that sophisticated in a spreadsheet.

Word processing is completely different. I collaborate with people when I write manuscripts (meaning a lot of track changes), and the tables and figures in them do not translate well in MS compatible products. For this I need actual Microsoft Office, but the other products are getting better and better each year, and I look forward to the day that one of them can do what I need. I still use LibreOffice for documents I produce for just me.

Presentation programs are even more problematic. I have a lot of PowerPoint presentations for lectures and conferences. Open up one of them in any Linux presentation package and the odds are 10 to 1 that at least one slide will have a missing image or a mashed up appearance or both. Usually it's a lot more than one slide. So until these issues are resolved, no Linux office program can meet my needs and I thank the stars for Wine and the commercial wine-based software called CrossOver that makes it possible for me to run MS Office programs natively on my distro.

I don't know how old the company is, but they make PC as well as Linux versions of their office software. It's a German company, I believe. They have been around since at least 2012, but I think longer. It is proprietary software, but with a selling prince well below that of MS Office, and they make a free version as well. They also give the full version away free to university-affiliated folks like me, or at least they gave away their previous version for free. And they sell add-ons like fonts.

Comparing them to LibreOffice, their current version is more Microsoft-like. They also have an option track changes in documents in the margins, which I prefer because you can see the changes in the text without the changed stuff, and the proper paging is shown. For some reason, the only option for track changes in LibreOffice Write is inline, which I find distracting. (Even WPS Office allows tracking in the margins of the document.) Having said that, LibreOffice translations of MS Office documents has greatly improved, and they are now as good or better than any of the other Linux options.

Yep, I've been testing it this week. Interface is much nicer than the older version, but like every other MS-compatible Linux office suite, the translations aren't perfect.

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:58:43 am »
Well, Firefox-esr doesn't fix the problem, so my only solution is the sound card. But that's ok.

Meetings / Re: December 2017: PLUG Meeting Notes
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:01:27 am »
Great presentation, Jason. I learned a lot about the new features of Mint 18.3, even though I had already installed it. I really like Timeshift, and I'm going to start using it once I decide where to keep its backups.

The more I learn about Mint, the more I appreciate some of its outstanding features that distinguish it from Ubuntu. While I don't plan to replace Ubuntu on my home computer or my Dell laptop, I really enjoy using it on my office computer and I don't think I would replace it with Ubuntu there even if the next version fixes some of the sound and video problems I've had with Linux on that computer.

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:55:32 am »
Thanks, Jason but yes, I have already installed pavucontrol and tried to use it to solve my sound problems. When I installed it, I had been hoping that it would reveal "hidden" internal speakers that my iMac doesn't have. That was not the case, and I'm now thinking that my problem has nothing to do with routing sound output to speakers that don't exist.

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:29:13 pm »
Although I have now ordered the sound card, I have one more idea to try and it goes back to an older idea. Since rhythmbox seemed to work OK until I started Firefox (that is, after I purged the pulseaudio config files and rebooted), this has me thinking again that Firefox could be the culprit. So maybe if I went back to the older version of FF available as ESR, then perhaps the audio player sound problem would disappear. At least worth a try. Even if it works, I would then have to decide whether I want to forgo the new features of FF 57 to get sound out of my internal speakers, when I now have a solution that gives me sound with the current version of FF. But inquiring minds want to know what's going on here!!!!

Support / Re: Sound problems in my Late 2015 iMac
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:42:23 pm »
I tried one other thing. I dumped all of the config files in .config/pulse. Then I opened the Sound panel and made sure that the internal speakers were selected and that the test sound worked. Then I turned on rhythmbox. Now I could play my music, stop, play another tune. I could even close rhythmbox and open it again and play a sound. BUT, as soon as I opened Firefox and played a youtube video, I got no further sound from rhythmbox. I don't want to have to go through all this every time I want to play music, so I'm now going to order a sound card like Jason's, and keep my external speakers hooked up. Not the perfect solution, but not so bad either.

General Linux/Android Discussions / Re: Linux Journal ceases publication
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:39:00 pm »
When Linux Voice stopped publication, they made an arrangement with Linux Magazine to have a section in it that their writers would do. They also made an arrangement to transfer the remaining subscription time to Linux Magazine. I don't like it as much as Linux Voice, but there's enough of interest in it for me that I subscribed to Linux Magazine when my free issues ran out. Incidentally, I don't think that Linux Voice went under because of money; I think their issue was that it was too much work for the 4 or 5 guys who were writing all the articles and when the editor stepped down, no one wanted to replace him. But that's the exception, not the rule.

General Linux/Android Discussions / Linux Journal ceases publication
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:42:26 pm »
I wasn't a subscriber, but it's always sad to a Linux publication go under. (Linux Voice went under about a year ago and I did subscribe to it.) Here is the official announcement. The comments suggested that its supporters are not happy to see it go quietly, and one in particular (Matt Hartley of Linux Action Show fame) wants to work with the publisher to keep it going.

Meetings / Re: PLUG presentation ideas for December 2017 meeting?
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:16:53 pm »
I'm still willing to make a brief presentation focused on UUID, but I would expand it to cover, not only clones, but also the grub menu. I ran into something recently that relates to this, where a newly installed distro somehow messed up on the UUID codes it inserted into the grub options. The result: a booting sequence that takes 2 minutes instead of 30 seconds. I think this can happen to anyone, and I would explain how you check the UUID's of your partitions against those in the grub menu.

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