I decided to start reading Open Source Web Development with LAMP over on Safari to broden my horizons. Everything is going fine until I get to this paragraph in the intro:
"This book was written entirely with Open Source software: emacs, vi, LaTeX, CVS, Ghostview, xdvi, ps2pdf, xpdf, and dvipdf on Linux and OS X. Frankly we couldn't imagine writing something of this length and complexity in Word. Shudder!"
I don't know what to do. The authors lost me. So all I need is emacs, vi, LaTeX, CVS, Ghostview, xdvi, ps2pdf, xpdf, and dvipdf to replace Word? Sign me up! And I'm not totally sure what they are talking about with Word not being able to handle a document of their complexity. We are talking about a 500pg document, that seems to be almost completely text. Now perhaps they only have 8mb of ram or something on their machine, then I can see Word choking. But I'll assume when you load up , vi, LaTeX, CVS, Ghostview, xdvi, ps2pdf, xpdf, and dvipdf they take up a bit of resources themselves.
If I didn't have to wait 30 days to dump this book, I'd do so immediately. While I wait, I might venture back into the book and hope that the authors just had a brief lasp in judgement, or just gave up on Word too soon. Heck, I know it took me something like 3 or 4 minutes to figure out how to do a table of contents in Word. And don't get me started on figuring out how to create a style in Word XP. Let's just say that's three minutes of my life I'm not getting back!
Humph. Family Guy is on soon. That should put me in a better mood.