Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

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Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#1 Postby Roadblock » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:10 am

Source: InfoWorld
By: Neil McAllister

Dueling open source alternatives to Microsoft Office match word processors, spreadsheets, and much more; which one should you choose? OpenOffice.org is one of the leading competitors to the Microsoft Office suite of business productivity applications. Originally developed as StarOffice in the late 1990s, the suite had been managed in recent years by Sun Microsystems as an open source project. But when Oracle acquired Sun in April 2009, the future of Sun's software offerings -- particularly free ones like OpenOffice.org -- was called into question. Before long, key OpenOffice.org developers, unhappy with the status quo under Oracle, began defecting from the project.

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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#2 Postby ko » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:50 am

No dilemma for me.
I switched from OO.org to LibreOffice. Most OO.org developers have switched to help developing/advancing LibreOffice.

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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#3 Postby kmathern » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:13 am

I don't see what the dilemma is either.

Most of the major distros, including Debian, have switched (or they are in the process of switching) to LibreOffice.

The openoffice.org* packages currently in sid are nothing more than transitional packages which replace the existing OOo with LibreOffice.

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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#4 Postby richb » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:16 am

kmathern wrote:I don't see what the dilemma is either.

Most of the major distros, including Debian, have switched (or they are in the process of switching) to LibreOffice.

The openoffice.org* packages currently in sid are nothing more than transitional packages which replace the existing OOo with LibreOffice.

Just did a (squeeze), not squeeze, sid, upgrade that did just that, replaced OO with Libre.

EDIT: Not squeeze, sid.
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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#5 Postby anticapitalista » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:16 am

made the switch as well. As kmathern says, if you use Debian repos, at some point you'll end up with libreoffice unless you manually install openoffice.
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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#6 Postby GoManutd » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:31 am

for personal use? no dilemna.

however, there well could be a dilemna if you go between your personal computer and have to use a computer at work, campus, etc. that only has OO. many organizations are slow to install new software until it can be tested for stability, dependencies, etc., so there is a real chance that LO may not be installed for sometime. in theory, the formats are suppose to be the same and interchangeable between OO & LO, but this may not continue to be the case with minor issues popping up over time as features are added and changes made.

for me the dilemna is, do i change and run the risk of having presentations, etc. that i gen'd in LO not be properly formatted in OO...

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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#7 Postby richb » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:36 am

GoManutd wrote:for personal use? no dilemna.

however, there well could be a dilemna if you go between your personal computer and have to use a computer at work, campus, etc. that only has OO. many organizations are slow to install new software until it can be tested for stability, dependencies, etc., so there is a real chance that LO may not be installed for sometime. in theory, the formats are suppose to be the same and interchangeable between OO & LO, but this may not continue to be the case with minor issues popping up over time as features are added and changes made.

for me the dilemna is, do i change and run the risk of having presentations, etc. that i gen'd in LO not be properly formatted in OO...

Something to be concerned about. I tend to forget that some folks still have to work. Ahh the luxury of retirement. :snoopy1:
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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#8 Postby anticapitalista » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:16 am

richb wrote:
kmathern wrote:I don't see what the dilemma is either.

Most of the major distros, including Debian, have switched (or they are in the process of switching) to LibreOffice.

The openoffice.org* packages currently in sid are nothing more than transitional packages which replace the existing OOo with LibreOffice.

Just did a squeeze upgrade that did just that, replaced OO with Libre.


Are you sure you got it from squeeze? Or did you upgrade to sid?
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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#9 Postby richb » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:17 am

anticapitalista wrote:
richb wrote:
kmathern wrote:I don't see what the dilemma is either.

Most of the major distros, including Debian, have switched (or they are in the process of switching) to LibreOffice.

The openoffice.org* packages currently in sid are nothing more than transitional packages which replace the existing OOo with LibreOffice.

Just did a squeeze upgrade that did just that, replaced OO with Libre.


Are you sure you got it from squeeze? Or did you upgrade to sid?

You are right it was sid, confused my two systems.
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Re: Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice

#10 Postby wireman » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:10 pm

GoManutd wrote:
for me the dilemna is, do i change and run the risk of having presentations, etc. that i gen'd in LO not be properly formatted in OO...


Surely the file format is identical, so there shouldn't be any problems. If in doubt just generate a pdf version as well and you're good to go. That's what I tend to do...


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