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OpenOffice is alive and well, and obtainable from Apache. In the course of testing Linux distros, I've installed both the deb and rpm packages with no problems. Personally I prefer OO, and, with millions of users (including those using Windows), I doubt if it's going to vanish.
They do explain it on their web site, if you look. And in the two distros I did it with, Mint and PCLinuxOS, there were no dependencies required.
I checked the dependencies of some of the packages, and they list that they depend on openoffice-core01_4.1.1-6_amd64.deb, which depends on openoffice-ure_4.1.1-6_amd64.deb, which itself, doesn't list dependencies. I was able to install it on a system without xorg with no complaint. Obviously, it doesn't run.
I guess they assume most people will already have the dependencies required to run it.
I checked the dependencies of some of the packages, and they list that they depend on openoffice-core01_4.1.1-6_amd64.deb, which depends on openoffice-ure_4.1.1-6_amd64.deb, which itself, doesn't list dependencies.
Well, obviously some of the packages depend on other packages. What I meant was that it doesn't have dependencies outside what you download — other than X, of course!