I never install OpenOffice. Absolutely never. It’s just too big, too fat, too … too everything. It’s on my perennial no-go list, along with a lot of other pear-shaped programs. Like Gnome.
On the other hand, it does do one magical trick, and that’s open Word files. In that small crevice of my computing experience, I have very few requirements, and so even that one bonus is hardly worth noticing.
Until, of course yesterday, when I get a Word document through e-mail (on my day off, I might add) that needs correction. And all my machines but one have Crux on them, and I’d rather not compile something new just to make a few changes on a Word document and send it back.
I do have some other options too. I could swap out the drive in the Sotec and replace it with the drive from the office, which gives me Word and a couple of other things. Of course that would take 10 or 15 minutes, plus another 10 or 15 minutes to put it back when I’m done, and another 10 minutes for it to start, load, open the document and edit it. …
Anyway, that’s not particularly appealing. And of course, installing OOo is not necessarily what’s needed. But even Abiword wants more than 140Mb of space and half of the Gnome infrastructure to install in Arch. Installing anything on these machines, just to touch up a Word file, seems like a giant inconvenience. My life is that casual: Installing OpenOffice is an inconvenience.
Enter Tiny Core, which gives you access to OpenOffice 2 in a nice neat package, perfectly capable of making the teeny changes I need without inconveniencing me for more than a few minutes. I boot the ISO in a matter of seconds, download OOo2 and Minefield so I can get to my e-mail account, edit, resave and resend … and all in a matter of minutes. It was almost too easy.
So I can give Tiny Core another gold smilie , this time for saving me about a half an hour to swap out a hard drive, or even longer if you think of the time it would take to install the software on another machine. And yes, while there are other ways of solving the issue, this one was probably took the least time, least bandwidth and least … inconvenience.