Where to, LibreOffice?

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sun Nov 11 12:44:01 UTC 2012

On 10 November 2012 23:55, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at gmail.com> wrote:
> After a long time away, I find myself coming back to a word processor.  I'm
> about to write for publication, and they prefer a word-compatible format.  I
> used to use OpenOffice a bit, and don't remember having any trouble with it.
> Now the repos seem to only have LibreOffice -- the things named after
> OpenOffice seem to be all transitional packages, not really OpenOffice at
> all.
> I've been at this a day, and I've already filed 3 bugs.  This does not seem
> good.  Before I spend the effort to switch over to see if things really
> *are* better over there, would someone please comment about the pros/cons of
> downloading and using OpenOffice on xubuntu/ubuntu?

I have not had any problems with LibreOffice, but if you want to
switch to OO, I see no reason why not. I used to quite routinely rip
out Ubuntu's install of OO and replace it with a newer version
downloaded from the OO site.

Before you try to install OO, though, remove all trace of LO first. If
you try to run both side-by-side, I would anticipate problems.

On a side-note, I will also observe that for compatibility, I also run
Microsoft Word 97 SR-2 under WINE and it works pretty much flawlessy.
Word 97 has the same native file-format used up to Office 2003 & which
is still supported by Office 97 and 2010. By modern standards, it is
tiny and lightning-fast.

I have an actual licenced copy of Word 97 standalone, but I am sure
you could find it readily on the Interwebs and I really doubt
Microsoft will be worried about you running a 15-year-old knockoff.

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