Looks like Microsoft is moving Microsoft Office into ‘Da Cloud, and basically leaving behind the long-held home & small business Office Suite niches.

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Humble me ain’t movin’ into no Cloud just to have Microsoft brutally interrogate me when I try to activate one of the Microsoft Office products I purchased from them – AND – I’m not paying them a yearly subscription fee or rental fee or whatever ‘Dat Cloud method is.

I own a full Office 2000 license that I got tired of trying to activate, and then purchased a 3-PC licensed Office Home& Student 2007 version in 2007. Still have 2 of those 3-PC licenses working and activated, but have recently decided to not bother trying to reactivate them anymore.

Thusly, I have a new post for the Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog page – “Part IX: Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog – ‘Merging Microsoft Windows w/ Open Source Software’”!

Have been using Microsoft Word for over 20 years so switching word processors isn’t easy to do – sorta like ‘Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do’:

LibreOffice Writer isn’t making it any easier either…fact is, the only ‘Thang keeping me from rushing back to Microsoft Word is the thought of their horde of brutal interrogators questioning humble me about any new attempts at reactivating my legally purchased MS Office licenses.

This will be my first post using the new ‘Apevia’ upgrade/rebuilt computer, meant for my attempt at ‘Merging Microsoft Windows w/ Open Source Software’ into a main-working machine, and LibreOffice Writer is filling the niche left opened by Microsoft Office. Strange wiggly wavy lines keep showing up at times…can’t add “*” “AND” “*” w/o it turning into just a bold AND w/o either “*”. Will take time to get use to a new word processor.

Antec Jr.’ is also a main computer in these changes…a sorta 1a ‘n 1b situation, but with ‘Antec Jr.’ mainly handling all DATA (including Open Source, hopefully) ‘n its backing up, downloads, banking, all personal ‘n privacy activity, Doctors, (etc.?), and also as the main force holding this attempt to ‘Merge’ Microsoft and Open Source Software.

Still in the early planning ‘n experimental stages of this move, but its something like this:

  • 1) – ‘Antec Jr.’ will strictly be a WIN10 Pro machine.
  • 2) – ‘Apevia’ will run both WIN10 Pro and/or Linux (separately), and has no internal drives…the new Kingwin Hot Swap Mobile Rack w/USB 3.0 Hub has an off/on switch, and the two bays will hold a WIN10 Pro SSD in one ‘n a data SSD in the other. I have two other Hot Swap bays for Linux ‘n whatever, but permanent Distro installations will be on USB’s plugged into a switchable 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub. OSes never see each other, and I don’t have to worry about accidental data loss when doing any tests.
  • 3) – ‘Mobile Cart’ will remain a primary Linux testing station with computers ‘Rose’ + ‘CM130’ + ‘InWin’.

This new hardware setup for the ‘Merging Microsoft Windows w/ Open Source Software’ attempt looks something like this:

The “Floating monitors” are actually on Desk Monitor Arms that remain hidden in the background (from me) that free up a lot of desk space, and the arms allow easy movement of monitors whenever needed.

The “Mobile Cart” parking area is just a plywood addition added to the desk. The desk ends at that addition, as does the desk’s two-tiered shelving area in the rear…just didn’t draw them in order to avoid cluttering the pic. “Mobile Cart” slides under ‘n into parking area when not needed – i.e. basically when I watch a couple hours of DVD TV.

Antec Jr.’ is on the right-side between the desk ‘n wall, and sits on a wooden ‘Sled’ for mobile access to work on it. ‘Apevia’ is under the desk ‘n on the right-side, and sits on a ‘Sliding Shelf’ for mobile access to work on it w/o crawling under the desk. Both are easily reached for USB plugging ‘n unplugging or swapping SSD’s and/or etc.

Linux is also considered Open Source Software, but a lot of these new changes won’t be all about Linux. Linux is a terrible Desktop OS, but it has some valuable uses in ‘Specialty’ niche areas like Kodachi’s “privacy and anonymity” or as a USB portable OS or as a USB portable rescue OS or as a ‘Companion OS for Windows 10or installed onto an old computer that’s just too old to handle the OS requirements in a modern world.

Why do I consider Linux a “terrible Desktop OS“? Walk into Walmart ‘n find a printer you like…take it home and try to get it to work on your favorite Linux Distro. Just built a new AMD game computer? Try installing your favorite Linux Distro on it. WiFi problems, other hardware problems, software problems, etc. Linux is not even close to being a Plug ‘n Play OS that a clear majority of actual Desktop OS users want. Run a “mouse” search on my blog…here’s one you’ll get – Linux and the basic Wheel Mouse. Linux is a keyboard-based operating system. Want to know how a keyboard-based OS gets their mouse to “scroll faster”? Oh, in Linux, the mouse scrolls at about 1.5-2 lines per notch-click of the mouse wheel, and there are no setting to change it…no easy settings that work. Try this – Fix Your Mouse Wheel Scrolling Speed With Imwheel:

Linux users don’t really understand how a mouse works…apparently not even Derek of the great DistroTube site. Thanks to Orca for that link! Here’s how you change the number of lines you can scroll per notch-click of the mouse wheel in Windows 10:

Settings go up to 100 lines per notch-click of the wheel, and you can also set it to do one screen at a time.

There are a lot of ‘Specialty’ niche area Distros, but Linux has failed at being a Desktop OS…that’s a niche that Microsoft can’t walk away from. Heck, the entire world’s economy would probably collapse if Microsoft stopped allowing OEM’s and Desktop/Laptop users to purchase Windows 10. Microsoft can’t make a successful move to ‘Da Cloud if the world’s economy collapses.

Fact is, I don’t know anything about ‘Da Cloud!? Maybe more people are using it and/or moving to it than I realize. Is it a threat to Open Source Software? Will it hurt the Linux server market? Big players in ‘Da Cloud apparently create their own versions of a Linux Distro, e.g. Amazon Linux ‘n Microsoft Azure.

That’s from this – Top 10 Cloud Service Providers In 2021 article. ‘Da Cloud is apparently successful enough – AND – growing by leaps ‘n bounds as it attracts new users that Microsoft can walk away from a successful niche they controlled for decades, i.e. the old Office suite version/s:

Since Office 2013, Microsoft has promoted Office 365 as the primary means of obtaining Microsoft Office: it allows the use of the software and other services on a subscription business model, and users receive feature updates to the software for the lifetime of the subscription, including new features and cloud computing integration that are not necessarily included in the “on-premises” releases of Office sold under conventional license terms. In 2017, revenue from Office 365 overtook conventional license sales.

Old Office is dying…new replacement is Office 365. Well, enough of this! I am typing this post on LibreOffice Writer ‘n am dying to see how it comes out in the WordPress Classic Editor!

(UPDATE: Well, I like how that came out, and it was actually easier working in the Classic Editor than MS Word was, IMHO.)

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!