I'll bet Jack Kerouac never thought he'd be quoted in support of portable open source software. But come to think of it, it's kind of about Freedom and Finding Your Own Way, so he might approve.
Here's the deal. While we're waiting for Google and Sun to make OpenOffice.org available on the web, we can use it as a portable app.
What's a portable app?
Cribbing from the portableapps.com site, a portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB thumbdrive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind.
Does anyone out there travel? Does anyone out there like the idea of no personal data left behind?
This is cool, folks. Click here for more on portable apps. Go from computer to computer without installing. Use OpenOffice.org on your computer at work without pissing off the Microsoft-Happy IT people. Show people OpenOffice.org and how cool it is without downloading and installing it. Open .doc and other Microsoft files on someone's computer without installing OOo. Travel around the world training people on OpenOffice.org without having to bring your laptop! : )
Now it's time to get the software. Click here to learn more about the software and to download.