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While I was out



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:09 am    Post subject: Microsoft Office Question Reply with quote

The last time I bought a laptop was 5 years ago & it had windows vista. It's on its last legs now and I'm in the market for a new one.

I find this next bit a little difficult to explain so bear with me. It apparently didn't have a full licence, so the windows or the microsoft office was temporary and expired after 3 months (I think). That caused a palava as I was out of the country where I'd bought it and had to call the shop from overseas and get it sorted.

While shopping now for a new laptop the same situation has come up. Some of these laptops only have a temporary licence, and at the last electronics shop I went to the guy advising me told me I could just buy a pirated version of the software for about 10 dollars, nudge nudge, wink wink.

Would someone please explain what's going on here? What software exactly is it that's temporary, and what can I do?

Ideally I want to buy a laptop with windows 7 and have a resonably up-to-date microsoft office suite. I need excel, word, powerpoint, publisher at the very least. I also need Adobe and would prefer being able to make PDFs as well as editing them.

I'm prepared to buy them all seperately if necessary and install, though that might be problematic at my level of technophobia/incompetence. Will that compromise the software already installed on any store-bought machine?

We do have a technician at work who seems quite competent at dealing with hardware and software issues. I'll probably get him to do any installing just to be on the safe side.
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Captain_Fil



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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Location: California - the land of fruits and nuts

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not get an Ubuntu operating system with OpenOffice?

Both are free and easy to download. No need to make Bill Gates any richer.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Mr_Monkey



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain_Fil wrote:
Why not get an Ubuntu operating system with OpenOffice?

Both are free and easy to download. No need to make Bill Gates any richer.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

Wink
+1.

Everything a language teacher needs from a PC and production software.

I particularly like the 'export as pdf' button.

What I find most endearing is that the download is about 10% of the size of MS Office, but does everything I've ever asked of it. Well.

Good to see another Linux user on the forum too Smile
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Captain_Fil



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr_Monkey wrote:
Captain_Fil wrote:
Why not get an Ubuntu operating system with OpenOffice?

Both are free and easy to download. No need to make Bill Gates any richer.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

Wink
+1.

Everything a language teacher needs from a PC and production software.

I particularly like the 'export as pdf' button.

What I find most endearing is that the download is about 10% of the size of MS Office, but does everything I've ever asked of it. Well.

Good to see another Linux user on the forum too Smile


Actually, I'm an aspiring Linux user.

I'm trying to find an affordable new laptop to replace my old Dell.

A bare-bones PC with free software (Ubuntu and OpenOffice) may be my best option.

Cool
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VietCanada



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should look at Edubuntu which is a huge software package for Ubuntu geared towards the classroom. Software for teachers by teachers.
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