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How to deal with Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Win_x86_intall_en-US.exe?

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You send a file to a corporation...it seamlessly is converted to open source..then it comes back to poor dumb stupid end user..as an executable...WHAT NEXT???/  So I am forced to deal with open source...what a merry go round..I don't have a problem with open source...but how do you protect yourself from this occurring again???
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That's a file to install Apache Open Office, at least by the file name.  The legitimate download would be found here: http://www.openoffice.org/   Are they asking you to use Apache Open Office?

If you sent them a document, I don't know why they would send that back to you.  It's a little suspect.  But I don't know how you would protect yourself from customers sending you files.  Don't they do that all the time anyway?
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Dave,
As I understand it, (my viewpoint) that it would not be prudent to install an executable (especially from another end user outside of the network) on a clients machine just to continue the goal of the transaction, which is collaboration.
Therefore, I going to suggest converting the document to pdf or possibly xps...so that I am not getting in  the way of  the effort...I will have more time later today to think this through.. any other suggestion would be appreciated..
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  The legitimate download would be found here: http://www.openoffice.org/   Are they asking you to use Apache Open Office?  
10023: yes an executable file to install what they profess to be open office.  I don't know if I can extract the source document from the executable...I don't have any knowledge pertaining to the source of the document...since i am dealing with email

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t's a little suspect.  But I don't know how you would protect yourself from customers sending you files.  Don't they do that all the time anyway?
10023 yes but not executables...but that brings up a point..i could sandbox it?...just to keep going??
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I don't know about sandboxing it.  You could probably view the list of files with 7-zip.  If it is the installer, I wouldn't think the 'document' is contained in there.

OpenOffice can run on the same machine with Microsoft Office, you just don't make it the 'default' program to open Microsoft Office files.  That way at least you do any editing that they expect you to do.  I would download a copy for openoffice.org if you do decide to install it.
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thankyou
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You're welcome.
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