Saturday, November 17, 2007

spread the buzz

via Ed Brill's blog I caught an YouTube clip about Lotus Symphony. I liked it, so you'll find it down below. Seems that IBM's contribution to the free software world pays off, as I am seeing more and more people around me (customers in particular) being acknowledgeable about ODF, OpenOffice, Lotus 8 with ODF editors and recently Lotus Symphony.

Aside the subject you may have noticed that my posts are no longer Domino development related, though most of them are Domino related somehow. I am known in the department as 'the lotus guy', any question Lotus related comes to me, I wonder why :)

My learning focus is targeted around the Portal, DB2, learning how to become a true IT Architect (a subject I will write a different topic, I see too many CV's claiming to be either Software Architect or IT Architect ... doh !).

I am also catching up and improving my *nix skills, at some time in the past I used to manage it pretty well (enough I could handle my Domino *nix tasks), past 4 years I seem to have forgotten quite a bit.

All in all, following weeks I will share some of the stuff one can find useful, from my new experiences.

Coming back to the subject, try Lotus Symphony and see if you like it. Personally I think there's room for improvement, the only reason for Symphony that I am aware of is that you can open SmartSuite documents, which you obviously cannot do with OpenOffice. I prefer OpenOffice and I am trying to make it the my default office editor, specially because of the speed. Loads a lot faster than Symphony and it's the latest version, which you'd think it's the best. Not always, still this is the common perception. Mine too, in this area ...

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