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Can't remember what I actually voted for, but definitely NOT OpenOffice.org. It STILL lacks proper support for OTF fonts under X11/*nix (it only fully supports TTF style OTF fonts), although it has no problems with this under Windows. There is also STILL no real outline mode. Both of these issues were originally reported more than 5 years ago and have been steadily ignored. Font support has improved slightly, but it will be at least 3.2 before most of OO.org's font support problems under X11/*nix are sorted out.
Last edited by Eternal_Newbie; 01-17-2009 at 08:10 AM.
Check the link I posted above. Novell contributes a great chunk to oo, and many developers claim Sun is mismanaging the project, sort of treating open source as if proprietary.
The Novell 'fork' contains a lot of improvements Sun wouldn't incorporate for whatever reason. Some because it doesn't fit their "vision," others due to plain old inertia.
I tried the version I linked and it's obviously better than the Sun offering. In fact it handles Microsoft office docs better, the 'compatibility issues' mentioned above (very true) were not apparent.
If you don't have an rpm based distro, search for "Novell GO office" and get the source. It's worth it.
+1 on the Sun comments. Sun wants the marketing buzz of being open source, yet still retain control. Look how they basically flipped off the community with the OpenSolaris trademark issue. So now that the FOSS devs have helped Solaris regain some relevance we get opensolaris.org for the real project, and opensolaris.com for the Sun marketing arm. Still, change tends to come slowly to big corps and I'm encouraged they're at moving in the right direction - the phb's just haven't quite figured it out how to let go of the control yet.
Not to get into bashing but since OOo is so closely tied to Sun thought I'd weigh in w/my $0.02.
Don't you agree that to some extent Novell has the FOSS-proprietary mix right? Ask the devs of OO and most will tell you horror stories about Sun delaying good code and expediting bad. Other way around with the Novell "fork." I hope that one gets the polish it needs. ATM spell check isn't working on my install. =(