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If you own the copies of the software already, use MS Office and Adobe CS. OpenOffice.Org is great, but MS Office is still superior. You also have to run OO.O in X11, which will bog down your system and the speed is going to be less than desirable. Same can be said with GIMP when compared to Photoshop CS.
When looking for freeware applications, look for ones that run native first. Only use X11 applications when you have to. Ditch programs that duplicate each others abilities and go for the better product for yourself and the machine its running on.
I was thinking about that but i updated my memory using pc133's not the standard pc100 because they are to slow. and i have it running very nicely and open office has a new version that runs in leopard and tiger that doesn't need x11
The reason for the need for open office is the free pdf converter so i can convert documents and other projects from office and gimp into pdf format and i use gimp mostly for distrubuting game maps for battle for wesnoth it is much easier to convert textures and other items into the game without having to use the games converter that takes up 400megs of hard drive space.
Office 2004 i have also striped down to the bare essentials the only application that is on the machine from office 2004 is word 2004 that is it.
The Pismo system bus runs at 100MHz, so while 133 is compatible, it shouldn't be any quicker. You can run up to 1GB in it too. A lot of people tell me they need various bits of PDF editing/creating software, whats wrong with using OS X's built-in PDF generator??
Adobe has a pdf converter that ties into the print protocol. I think it comes with Adobe Acrobat Pro, but its worth it IMHO. I use it to convert things to PDF all the time. Additionally, iWork has the option to export to PDF for all its documents, and Photoshop, part of creative suite, can save practically any image to PDF.
I agree with Whitlock, you are wasting alot of resources putting both MS Office, and OpenOffice on that machine. Just pick one and get a utility to serve the other purpose.
You need to run lean and mean. No bloatware. Honestly, if I were running that machine, I wouldnt' have office or creative suite on it. There is no way those programs will run well. I would setup OS X and strip it down to the bare essentials, find a nice text editor if you need something, and thats about it. If you are looking to run Photoshop, you really need a stronger machine, period. I run PS on my rig all the time and I even see it slow down at periods. PS is a huge drain.
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