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When Oracle took over Sun Microsystems and all the folderol hit the fan and LibreOffice split off from OpenOffice and, holy toot, what a mess, I decided, OK, follow the splinter group (mainly because I don't trust Oracle to do anything but make a mess of things) and see what happens.
Well, things went all right for a while then all the Sun template packs that I've grown rather fond of stopped working with LibreOffice updates, dammit, and writing templates is not in my skill set and the template packs for LibreOffice just didn't cut the mustard. What to do, what to do.
Then, oh golly, Oracle actually did something right for a change -- they gave OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation (you know, instead of taking it commercial and charging up the ying-yang, they gave it away -- and to the Right Folks). All righty, let's go back to OpenOffice and see what's what; suddenly, Sun template packs work again, lots of other template packs that are actually useful out of the box.
I long ago got over playing with things into the middle of the night to get 'em working, I've gotten too old and too set in my ways to fight with software just so I can write a letter to somebody or other. Way to go ASF! I'm kind of partial to tools that are useful right quick instead of serving an apprenticeship.
Now there's a conundrum. LibreOffice (where the stuff I like isn't) is up to 3.5.3, OpenOffice at SlackBuilds stable is at 3.3.0 and what to does ASF do? They release 3.4 and danged if there isn't a SlackBuilds (yet?).
Is it worth getting OpenOffice 3.4 and trying to get it going by editing the SlackBuild? Hm. 3.3.0 works just fine, has what I want and it all does what I need to do (you know, write stuff).
Will LibreOffice fold back into OpenOffice under the guidance of ASF? Will it all be moot? It's kind hard to be angry at OpenOffice (who essentially got screwed over by Oracle) given that they're now under the wings of ASF (who, you know, produce some of the best software around), so what to do, what to do.
Well, things went all right for a while then all the Sun template packs that I've grown rather fond of stopped working with LibreOffice updates
I wonder what template pack does not work for you.
Out of curiosity, I downloaded and installed the "Professional Template Pack II - English" from http://aoo-extensions.sourceforge.net/en/node/950/0/ into my LibreOffice 3.5.4. When I ran the "New document from template" routine, I noticed that there were several additional categories of templates available to choose from. They all worked (at least all of those I tried in Writer worked for me).
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Distribution: Slackware 32- & 64-bit Stable
Actually, it was the Professional Template Packs (both one and two) that initially worked with LibreOffice then quit working with LibreOffice at one or two updates ago (I forget exactly when). The packs at OpenOffice did and do work with OpenOffice (and, as you note, with LibreOffice, don't use it anymore so I didn't know that) but that wasn't the case a few months ago. Sun initially developed those for Star Office then OpenOffice (we're talking years ago here for the first pack, "II" came later); when Sun bought Star Office they gave it away for Solaris, then open-sourced it, then supported OpenOffice and introduced the "II" pack. All part of Scott McNeely's war with Gate's little software company. There's been some editing going on, methinks, to get compatibility with both (although, yeah, they're supposed to be more or less identical).
So, maybe, I'll give LibreOffice another go -- but, then, OpenOffice is now an Apache product and I've got a whole lot of well-earned faith in them. So, I dunno if a switch is worth it but I'm eternally grateful for all the work that's been done by both groups (and folks that provide Slackware packages, too, lest we forget -- think you're included in that bunch).