Where to, LibreOffice?

sam tygier samtygier at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Nov 11 13:15:13 UTC 2012

On 10/11/12 23:55, Kevin O'Gorman 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?
> -- 
> Kevin O'Gorman
> programmer, n. an organism that transmutes caffeine into software.

note that ubuntu did not use upstream openoffice for a long time. it used the go-oo fork, which was maintained but devs dissatisfied with the slow and closed development of openoffice. the sale of sun to oracle precipitated a much larger move of developers away from openoffice and resulted in libreoffice.

go-oo contained a lot of patches for improved MS compatibility which i dont think ever made it into upstream openoffice.

you might want to try getting a newer version of libreoffice than the one in the ubuntu repos, and see if that fixes you bugs.

that said if openoffice works better for you, then use it :-) but libreoffice is as much the true successor of sun's openoffice.org as apache openoffice is.


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