Posted by: Anonymous
on October 04, 2007 05:08 PM
I'm not so worried about Symphony being some sort of brain drain on Openoffice.org, especially because it takes a ton more of disk space and memory. The specs say 1 Gig of RAM, and though I did manage to install it on a 512 meg XP PC, and test it one file at a time, it ran much more slowly than Openoffice with ten or more files open.
What I was able to check out was impressive, save for one thing, which was a complete irritant and a show-stopper. Symphony makes itself the default for all ODF file types without asking. And if you have Openoffice and prefer it to be the default, there is no way to do undo this, save to uninstall Symphony and then to do a repair install of OOo. That is something they definitely need to correct, no question. This kind of setup may be desirable for a corporate setup, but for a small office or an individual consumer, absolutely not. Symphony should ask permission to take over file types either during installation or when the program is first run. There are probably other similar problems that beta testers will point out, but even if I had the gig of RAM available on the one machine available to test Symphony, I would have uninstalled it since I have to use Openoffice in my daily work, and can't afford to have settings related to that trashed by another program.