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I have to say that Open Office is by far the best office suite I have ever used. I work in an environment devoted to M$ and with OOo I can do all my work at home on my laptop and go to work with the files and they all work.
In this age of information, being able to integrate all your productivity and use it across platforms is absolutely essential.
I am curious about the status of Lotus Symphony. After a Google search I think that IBM provides Lotus Symphony free of charge and that Lotus Symphony fully supports the ODF file format. But I can only find a few references to whether Lotus Symphony is open source or not and they all say or imply that Lotus Symphony is closed Source. For example:
"It's strange IBM decided to fork an open source application into a closed source alternative"
I'd have to say openoffice, too. Been using it for several years now. Database, writer, and math (However, I do prefer LaTex for mathematical writings, but haven't checked yet to see the ability of LaTex in OO on linux).
Can somebody give a more authoritative answer as to whether Lotus Symphony is open source or closed source? If Lotus Symphony is closed source then I don't think it should be in the poll.
Lotus Symphony was forked from OOo1.x, which was dual-licensed and partly under a license allowing not publishing the code (SISSL). As this is not 'Open source office suite of the year', it seems okay - but Symphony, while lovely, seems largely irrelevant.
Personally, I have used OOo a little bit - had to try out the new version - but have mostly used Abiword. One might suspect that we will see more of Koffice next year after the release of Koffice2. I use Krita very much and actually like Kword just fine. I am going to do some database work in the next couple of weeks and look forward to looking into OOo Base vs. Kexi.
I am giving the vote to OOo this year for releasing v3.0. I am looking forward to the proposed cleanup of their Bibliography application - that one could very well become an academic killer app.
Last edited by mjjzf; 01-10-2009 at 01:26 AM.
Reason: Added bibliography comment
Since producing book manuscripts is one of the main uses for my computer, I take this question seriously. I voted openoffice.org because that's what I use for word processing, which is all I care about in an office suite anyway. For a nicely formatted PDF, though, I use Vim/LaTeX.