Do You Want to Keep Using Windows and macOS?
The Chris Titus Tech YouTube Channel inspired me with his video How Proprietary Software Can Help Open Source and Why I Cover Both for me to write this article.
In the video, Chris Titus explains that using proprietary software within an open source operating system can attract the attention of users of proprietary operating systems. Doing so opens up an opportunity to expose the GNU+Linux operating system and open source software to Windows® and macOS® users.
Much has been said about free open source operating systems, such as GNU+Linux. But, not everyone wants to complicate their life by switching from their current Windows® or macOS® operating system.
Although a Windows 10 Home License costs $139.00 USD, if you buy a new computer, it will already have the Windows® operating system installed and activated. The same would happen if you buy a computer from Apple; it will already have the macOS® operating system installed.
The new computer may have a 30-day trial version of Microsoft Office installed. However, you will need to purchase the software after the trial period.
A License for Microsoft Office Home & Student (one-time purchase for 1 computer) costs $149.99 USD.
One way to save that money is by installing alternative open source software. LibreOffice is free software that is very similar to Microsoft Office. It costs nothing and can be installed on Windows® and macOS® to work with Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.
According to The Document Foundation’s Blog Post on February 2, 2022:
LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, starting with native support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) – beating proprietary formats in the areas of security and robustness – to superior support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. In addition, LibreOffice provides filters for a large number of legacy document formats, to return ownership and control to users.
Microsoft files are still based on the proprietary format deprecated by ISO in 2008, and not on the ISO approved standard, so they hide a large amount of artificial complexity. This causes handling issues with LibreOffice, which defaults to a true open standard format (the OpenDocument Format).Italo Vignoli
The Document Foundation Blog
February 2, 2022
According to The Document Foundation’s Blog Post on March 3, 2022:
The LibreOffice 7.3 family offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, starting with native support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) – beating proprietary formats in the areas of security and robustness – to superior support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files.
Microsoft files are still based on the proprietary format deprecated by ISO in 2008, which is artificially complex, and not on the ISO approved standard. This lack of respect for the ISO standard format may create issues to LibreOffice, and is a huge obstacle for transparent interoperability.Italo Vignoli
The Document Foundation Blog
March 3, 2022
You can modify LibreOffice to make it look as similar as possible to Microsoft Office.
If you want to continue using proprietary operating systems, such as Windows® and macOS®, you can use free software that is made for those systems.