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#1 Postby mepisuser » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:00 am

Why are all the distros moving to Libre Office?

The reviews I've read for Libre state it as being bloated and not as efficient as Open Office.

A user of Open Office, the only issue I have with it is the long winded way of creating a read only document but apart from that - I'm content.

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Re: Office

#2 Postby Eadwine Rose » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:25 am

If you'd run a seach on this forum, you would have found out ;)

(and I am too lazy to look it up for you, busy with other stuff)
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Re: Office

#3 Postby GuiGuy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:38 am

mepisuser wrote:Why are all the distros moving to Libre Office?

The reviews I've read for Libre state it as being bloated and not as efficient as Open Office.

A user of Open Office, the only issue I have with it is the long winded way of creating a read only document but apart from that - I'm content.

I use Mepis 8.0 / KDE 3.5.


I don't think there is much difference yet between LO and OO.
Can you give links to the reviews you have read?

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#4 Postby benny_fletch » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:49 am

mepisuser wrote:Why are all the distros moving to Libre Office?

A quick snippet from an article on the issue:
Oracle OpenOffice, once part of Sun Microsystems, has long been the default desktop office suite on Linux systems. However, the takeover of Sun by Oracle has stroked fears that the popular open source office suite may be canceled sometime in the future.

For example, Oracle has released a cloud-based office suite called Oracle Cloud Office. If Oracle felt that it could not financially support two office suites, it may be in Oracle's best interest to terminate the OpenOffice project at some point in the near future On September 28, 2010, some developers from the OpenOffice project decided to move on to a new project called LibreOffice.

LibreOffice was born from the fears and animosity generated by Oracle's takeover of Sun.. It is a fork based upon OpenOffice beta 3.3 version. The main advantage of going to LibreOffice is that there is no more worry about Oracle killing the project, just like what happened with OpenSolaris when Oracle ceased supporting it.

Of course this was before Oracle gave control of OpenOffice to the Apache Foundation.

mepisuser wrote:The reviews I've read for Libre state it as being bloated and not as efficient as Open Office.


From everything I have read (which isn't much), I was led to believe the opposite was true. The developers of LibreOffice has spent a tremendous amount of time cleaning up the code base. As for usage, I HAVE found LibreOffice to be hands down faster than OpenOffice on all fronts. As for stability, I have found no real difference.
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Re: Office

#5 Postby mepisuser » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:07 pm

This is the review I found from last year as I mentioned above.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386963,00.asp

I haven't used Libre Office myself and obviously this review is only someone's opinion.

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#6 Postby Jerry3904 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:11 pm

I have been using LibreOffice for daily work for over a year now--especially Writer and Impress. It works fine, and the developers have been focusing on bugs and functionality, which I really appreciate. Also, exported files in MS formats seem to be working much better on my colleagues' and clients' machines.
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Re: Office

#7 Postby Gaer Boy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:22 pm

mepisuser wrote:Why are all the distros moving to Libre Office?

The reviews I've read for Libre state it as being bloated and not as efficient as Open Office.

A user of Open Office, the only issue I have with it is the long winded way of creating a read only document but apart from that - I'm content.

From the review
It's also the only office suite that works almost identically under Windows, the Mac, and Linux. If you're already using OpenOffice.org as an office suite, you owe it to yourself to switch to LibreOffice. After only a few months of development, it already has more features than OpenOffice.org, an improved interface, and faster and more reliable performance.
which is totally at odds with your second sentence.

The review also mentions that LO will open Lotus WordPro files, which is good for me. Amazingly, it also opens DeScribe files - I've found nothing else to do that, and even have DeScribe 95 running in VBox so I can read them. That's something I don't need anymore.

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Re: Office

#8 Postby GuiGuy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:08 pm

Gaer Boy wrote:From the review
It's also the only office suite that works almost identically under Windows, the Mac, and Linux. If you're already using OpenOffice.org as an office suite, you owe it to yourself to switch to LibreOffice. After only a few months of development, it already has more features than OpenOffice.org, an improved interface, and faster and more reliable performance.
which is totally at odds with your second sentence.

The review also mentions that LO will open Lotus WordPro files, which is good for me. Amazingly, it also opens DeScribe files - I've found nothing else to do that, and even have DeScribe 95 running in VBox so I can read them. That's something I don't need anymore.

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Agreed - mepisuser must have somehow misunderstood the review.

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Re: Office

#9 Postby uncle mark » Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:20 pm

mepisuser wrote:This is the review I found from last year as I mentioned above.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386963,00.asp

I haven't used Libre Office myself and obviously this review is only someone's opinion.


That review dogs LO in comparison to MS Office, which is to be expected from PC Mag, which is a Microsoft shill site. In comparison to OO.o, it says this:

"If you're already using OpenOffice.org as an office suite, you owe it to yourself to switch to LibreOffice."
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Re: Office

#10 Postby mepisuser » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:51 am

Interesting reading, many thanks folks.

Does Libre Office protect a doc file the same was as Open Office for read only?


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