Never thought something as "simple" as a Office suite would break me away from Linux after 12 years
So, because one application does not work in its most recent version as you require you would change OS ..... that is silly.
You have many options ...... an older version of the same application; alternative applications such as Open Office, Symphony, and other office packages for Linux.
You want to use a supported office package for business? Then buy the one that suits you. There are many available.
Of course if you want to change operating system, then do so, for whatever genuine reason you may have, but don't expect many folks to believe the reason given is the genuine one ..... I wish you well with your new OS.
Thanks, I feel silly at times... (Gek he?).
A few things: I don't know what you was doing but I went many years ago through "dependency hell's" and there was little we could do the Windows world could. That has steadily improved and Linux today (like PCLinuxOS) has become simply great in many ways. There even was a time that I thought: "We have arrived". (That was at the end of the KDE 3.5 cicle).
But what I also saw over the years is that often and all of the sudden we lost path again. Now then, LO supposed to be the top of the bill right now and it simply fails..... (again, regressions). What also happened through the years is that I got older! I am loosing flexibility, if you like, and patience. I have spend soo many hours, nights and days in the past trying to solve all kind of seemingly silly problems but today I become tired of that if it takes too much and long. No longer it is fun.
Your statement: "You want to use a supported office package for business?" proves lack of insight. I live in the Philippines and try to help people and schools getting going with free Linux and free office. Call a school "business" if you like but the average elementary and even high school here is NO business as it is NO joke. The teachers, learners etc., has NO money to buy a "supported office package for business". Teachers often get hardly paid for educating the children. I want to help them do so. So here are not that many options as you might think. At best they can resort to piracy. Not a very good sample for the kids..... Then fight with the Windows problems. In a world full of viruses etc. these memory sticks are deadly for not 100% guarded and maintained Windows environment. That takes time and knowledge, next to obvious lack of awareness and users discipline brings most Windows PC's down in no time. Lot's of these things collect dust only... Repair cost money...
It is already hard to get hands on the hardware for most.(Don't get me going on this!). So a free and working office suite on a free and working, more ridgid OS would be just fine. Don't you agree? Right now I can't help them in spite of all my experiences from the past because of a lousy bug and that is real silly. Mind you, meanwhile quite a few people worked steadily on their projects which now all of the sudden they can't print. Silly?
I suggest you look a bit deeper in certain cases before you go of on the keyboard. (Kijk verder dan de neus lang is).
O, and I am also old enough to recognize sarcasm.
Anyway.... Maybe it is just age.