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I have heard of a new OpenOffice-based office suite called LibreOffice. Does anyone recommend it over OpenOffice? That LibreOffice exists in the first place suggests someone was not satisfied with OpenOffice for some reason. The only negative aspects I know of OpenOffice are that it's slow and that last time I checked, only the word processor was clearly a match for its Microsoft Office counterpart.
Last edited by newbiesforever; 07-07-2011 at 03:00 PM.
A lot of people swear by it. I recently started using it instead of OpenOffice. Maybe there are other things about it that don't affect me, but I see very little difference between the two, as far as my own use is concerned.
I haven't used it, so I can't recommend it. LibreOffice is another office suite developed by The Document Foundation; not sure if this is in anyway associated with Sun. Like other type of application, I'm sure someone wasn't satisfied with what was available (OpenOffice, KOffice, etc.) and decided to develop something else. Doesn't mean one is better than the other, just different way of solving the same problem.
LibreOffice came into existence because after Oracle acquired Sun, OpenOffice community members looked to them to address a lot of grievances that they'd had with Sun for a long time - mostly related to copyright and merging contributed code, as I understand it.
LibreOffice is different in that it's vendor-neutral. Other than that and a somewhat nicer splash screen/startup window, you won't see many GUI changes, if at all.
Well, due to the difficulties of dealing with Sun, there was already Go-OO, which many distros already used. In some ways, LO is he successor to Go-OO, brought about by the anticipation that the problems would get worse once Oracle got involved.
Since that time, Oracle have handed OO over to the Apache foundation, but, the way that things are going, that may well be too late.
I'm giving LO another release (there have been a couple of major releases already) to get the minor issues out, but I'm sure that it is usable already.
I have been quite satisfied with LO. I tested it with release candidate 1 and completely switched to it by release candidate 3.
The first official release was simply to get a good solid working version crafted. Significant changes will come later, but I would not expect LO to look radically different. I believe the project wants to concentrate on function, not on looks.
OO might become obsolete for either or both of two reasons that I can see. The last I heard, Oracle was making overtures to Apache to take it over; I have not heard whether that deal has been consummated:
1. Distributions abandoning it because of the suspicion with which Oracle is viewed in the free and open source community.
2. Apache choosing not to follow through with OO, even if they take over the license. Many persons in the community think that Apache should either conceded the field to LO or pass the OO trademarks (that's really all the LO does not have, since the code is open source) on to the Document Foundation.
Many OO developers have already moved to LO.
I've been working intensively with LO for the past several months and can attest that the internal workings are the same as OO's. My OO templates, which I have heavily customized over the past three years, work seamlessly in LO.