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OpenOffice is replaced by LibreOffice, a vendor-neutral product overseen by the Document Foundation. The project has key corporate contributors, including Red Hat and Google.  (Source: Linux Software News)

Larry Ellison tried to maintain control of OpenOffice by kicking supporters of LibreOffice off the OO Community Council. He was defeated, though, when most of the remaining developers quit the OO project. Losing cash, Oracle decided to give in and free OpenOffice.  (Source: Getty Images)
Oracle kills its support of OOo project, OOo will continue on as a vendor-neutral branch -- LibreOffice

Oracle Corp. (ORCL) has announced [press release] that it will stop developing the free OpenOffice.org (oOo) suite.  

The news follows Oracle's clash with key community contributors of the project over their decision to fork OpenOffice, creating a vendor-neutral distribution dubbed "LibreOffice".

At first blush Oracle's decision may seem like a victory for the company, but in reality it is a major defeat for the business software giant.  Oracle fought to make itself king of the OpenOffice project, but the community rebelled, abandoning support.  Seeing the project fall into the red, Oracle was forced to pull the plug on one of Sun Microsystems' most attractive products.

So how did we get here?

I. Sun Frees StarOffice

The roots of OpenOffice.org (OOo) trace back to a German office company StarDivision AG.  StarDivision made an office suite called StarOffice, which was little known in the U.S.

At the time Microsoft had virtually crushed its word processing rivals -- WordPerfect and the Apple-exclusive MacWrite -- and its spreadsheet rivals -- Quattro, Lotus 1-2-3, and Apple-exclusives (like Wingz and Resolve) [source].  By 1999, Microsoft owned over 90 percent of the office software market -- a virtual monopoly.

Then in 1999 Sun Microsystems, Inc. purchased StarDivision.  With version 5.2 it began offering the suite for free.  The following year it made an even bigger decision -- it was rebranding the suite as "OpenOffice" and would publish the source under the GNU Lesser General Public License(LGPL) and the Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL).

Sun founded a community group called the OpenOffice Community Council that helped it make important decisions on the project, and even contributed code to the work in progress.  This alliance would grow to include significant corporate contributors, including Novell, Inc. (NOVL), Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), International Business Machines' (IBM), Google Inc. (GOOG), and others.

The project took a little while to get going.  The website OpenOffice.org launched in October 2000, but the first major version of the software -- OOo 1.0 -- didn't launch until May 2002 for Windows and Linux.  A Mac version launched a year later in June 2003.

The program was written in a mix of C++ code and Sun's own Java code.

In September 2003 OOo 1.1 was released with what would become one of the suite's key advantages over Microsoft Office -- export to PDF.  

In September 2005, Sun and the OpenOffice Community Council agreed to ditch the SISSL license and exclusively license under the LGPL.  Then in October 2005 OOo 2.0 was released to the public.  And in October 2008 version 3.0 was released to the public.

II. Oracle Snatches Up Sun

Then in April 2009 a fortuitous agreement was announced.  Oracle would buy Sun for $7.4B USD.  The deal was completed in January 2010.  

With it, the future of the OpenOffice.org suite was called into question.

But Oracle promised to play nicely, telling its users and its fellow corporate contributors that its new division would continue to lead the development of the suite.  Since then, two minor versions -- OOo 3.1 in Feb. 2010 and OOo 3.2 in January of this year -- were released.

But fears of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's heavy-handed tactics proved prophetic.  Last Friday Oracle released a quiet announcement that it would no longer be participating in OOo development.

The company wrote:

Oracle Corporation today is announcing its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.

Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, writes, "Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis. We intend to begin working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office. Oracle will continue to strongly support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as the Open Document Format (ODF)."

The move won't kill the project, but it will significantly changes it as it marks the end of major dedicated Sun support for the project.

III. Why'd Oracle Decide to Let OOo Go?

By 2010, the OOo project had succeeded in one of its key goals -- it had taken a significant amount of market share from Microsoft Office.  According to an estimate by Valve Corp. in July 2010, 14.63 percent of users used OpenOffice.  Other numbers pointed to 9 percent of users in the U.S. employing the suite and up to 20 percent in some European nations using it [source].

Yet, for all that success the project was facing insurrection in its ranks of key contributors.

Friction in the OOo project had been mounting for years, even as the project picked up steam.  Sun was perceived as a bit of a dictator when it came to cooperating with contributors to help them get patents on their ideas.  It also often forced contributors through lengthy code reviews that were perceived as inefficient by some.

Contributors were also upset that Sun (and later Oracle) made many decisions against the OO Community Council's recommendations or without contacting the Council.

In September 2010, those frustrations boiled over, with key contributors founding a new council dubbed the Document Foundation, and branching the OpenOffice project to form a new codebase dubbed "LibreOffice" (from the French word for freedom/liberty "libre").

The new codebase's chief goal was to continue the OOo's core goal of creating quality third-party office software, while transforming the project into a vendor-neutral effort.  The idea received support from former OOo corporate loyalists like Novell, Red Hat, Google, Canonical, and others.

Oracle did not take kindly to the TDF's plans of a "vendor-neutral" branch.  It sought to eject TDF supporters from their roles in the OpenOffice project.  OpenOffice contributors did not roll over.  They met Oracle's strong-handed tactics with active rebellion.  

The community essentially quit the OOo project, focusing their efforts on LibreOffice.

IV. OOo is Dead, Long Live LibreOffice

While Sun always took the lead in OOo development, the community contributed major chunks of code to it as well.  As the software was free, solely financed by a handful of ads and donations, the community was always the key to keeping the project financially tenable.

With the community abandoning OOo, Oracle had no choice, but to throw in the towel.  While the decision may sound, at first glance, like Oracle "won" and controlled its fate, in reality it is the TDF who proved victorious.

With the death of OpenOffice, LibreOffice lives on, inheriting its legacy.  

LibreOffice 3.3.2 can be downloaded here.  And you can find Beta 1 of the next minor release, 3.4 here.

LibreOffice, like OpenOffice before it, is heavily funded by donations.  If you use the software or support the project's goals, you are encouraged to donate.  You can also get involved with contributing code here.

 



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Winner is microsoft
By Slaimus on 4/18/2011 10:35:48 AM , Rating: 2
The real winner here is Microsoft. Now the only other commercially supported (by a sizable corporation) alternative is gone.

The Novell alliance has really paid dividends for Microsoft.




RE: Winner is microsoft
By Motoman on 4/18/2011 11:05:46 AM , Rating: 2
You mean besides IBM Lotus Symphony? Or Corel WordPerfect Office?

Sure, Corel isn't anywhere near the leagues of IBM or Oracle...but they're not exactly a small company either - especially in the software world.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2011 1:56:11 PM , Rating: 3
Lotus Symphony? does anyone besides IBM and mainframe shops still run Lotus <shiver>.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 2:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
140K people still working for my last employer are stuck with Lotus Notes 6.5 as the CIO decided to skip the upgrade fees and keep what worked in place. Last I've heard they were upgrading to 8.x, due to complete before 2012....


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Skywalker123 on 4/18/2011 5:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
People still use WordPerfect?


RE: Winner is microsoft
By rcc on 4/18/2011 6:10:07 PM , Rating: 4
Evidently a large part of the legal world does.

I'm not sure that says anything good about either one though.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Motoman on 4/19/2011 4:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
For the price you can get it for, it's a vastly better deal that MS Works - let alone the atrociously priced MS Office.

...although, it's hard to argue against free OO/Lotus Symphony at that point.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By JasonMick (blog) on 4/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: Winner is microsoft
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 1:13:44 PM , Rating: 5
Loss of commercial support is a biggie. Many corporations will not use a free product because of lack of support, and it looks like right now you cannot purchase support for LibreOffice from a known company, like Sun/Oracle.

Corporations need training and somebody to call when things go wrong, and are willing to pay for it.

Hope somebody will pick up the ball - a revenue stream is on the table, with Oracle bailing out, but it needs to happen yesterday. Without a source of paid support some existing users may go back to Microsoft, and it would be a shame, as LibreOffice looks better then Open Office in my ad-hoc Excel compatibility tests (some color change / retention after save issues went away).

Novell, Google, etc. are supporting the project with contributions (both $$$ and code) but as far as I know they are not offering end-user paid support, as Sun used to do. If I am wrong, PLEASE provide some links - Thank you!


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2011 2:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
Give it some time a company that supports other FOSS software will pick up LibreOffice. While i agree somewhat corporate support as it applies to critical infrastructure like an operating system or database sfotware i feel its less of a problem with an office suite.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 2:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hope you are right and somebody steps in soon to offer support. I have seen in a lot of places Office (mostly MS Office) tightly integrated into document and office work flows (from conference room reservations to time cards). There is a lot of ad-hoc developed code, most of it as macros, which can bring things like executive reports (even payroll or billing) to a standstill when they stop working as expected due to an update or just a new data pattern.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Ammohunt on 4/18/2011 2:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
Due to people attempting to use spreadsheets as relational databases? i hear you but with good programing practice,code control, documentation and QA alot of the support headache can be mitigated. MS Office used as groupware has no equal/rival. OOO/LibreOffice used as a stand alone office suite as compared to MS Office is pretty strong.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By JasonMick (blog) on 4/18/2011 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Loss of commercial support is a biggie. Many corporations will not use a free product because of lack of support, and it looks like right now you cannot purchase support for LibreOffice from a known company, like Sun/Oracle.


Again, I wouldn't call this "loss of commercial support". I would consider this "loss of Oracle's commercial support". As I said LibreOffice is still very much supported by BIG coporations such as Google.

quote:
Corporations need training and somebody to call when things go wrong, and are willing to pay for it.


That's true.

However, I'm willing to wager TDF members including Novell and Google will elect to offer such services for LibreOffice, in lieu of Oracle's decision.

Granted such efforts have not yet been announced, but the whole LibreOffice project is just getting rolling.

quote:
Hope somebody will pick up the ball - a revenue stream is on the table, with Oracle bailing out, but it needs to happen yesterday. Without a source of paid support some existing users may go back to Microsoft, and it would be a shame, as LibreOffice looks better then Open Office in my ad-hoc Excel compatibility tests (some color change / retention after save issues went away).


Again, I wouldn't be quite so pessimistic.

Will OOo/LibreOffice lose some business users in the short term? Sure.

But large corporate distributions of OOo are still a rarity.

Most OOo use is from individuals -- and individuals/small companies are very capable of running LibreOffice without much a learning curve. And there's plenty of documentation for the new suite to help them out in that regard.

Ultimately, this is a transition period, and like any, it will have its pains. But I wouldn't be all gloom and doom about LibreOffice.

It DOES have corporate support and ultimately one or more of those players will likely step up to offer purchasable training, installation, and product support services.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By vignyan on 4/18/2011 2:16:57 PM , Rating: 4
I am really surprised that people even consider OOo as a competition to Microsoft Office... I run a Ubuntu 10.04 and have a Windows 7 VM just for the Office suite... I mean, c'mon... really, compare?


RE: Winner is microsoft
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 2:49:19 PM , Rating: 1
yes.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By JediJeb on 4/18/2011 6:13:04 PM , Rating: 4
If you are an advertising firm then MS Office may be the best choice, but for small businesses that only need word processing for memos and correspondence and spread sheets to do basic calculations why would they spend so much on MS Office when they can get OOo for free? With MS going to charging on per processor and per core basis it makes even more sense to get away from them.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By TheMadAlchemist on 4/18/2011 2:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
Novell has offered support for OO.o for ages and continue to do so for LibreOffice. Please check out this url for what is offered:
http://www.novell.com/products/libreoffice/service...

and this url for what it costs:
http://www.novell.com/products/libreoffice/how-to-...

So, you are welcome.


RE: Winner is microsoft
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 2:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you! Price seems fair (list price, I would expect significant volume discounts).


RE: Winner is microsoft
By Slaimus on 4/18/2011 4:09:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
LibreOffice is commercially supported by Google, Novell, Red Hat, and others. I would say Google is a pretty "sizeable" corporation, wouldn't you agree?

The difference is that the project will no longer be controlled by a single corporation.

OpenOffice was always heavily driven by volunteer coding. Sun just steered the ship and forged through tricky parts of the coding. Expect the corporate members of TDF to play a similar role with LibreOffice.


What I see a case of "Embrace, extend and extinguish" by proxy.

MS Office is a Microsoft cash cow, so they seeded Novell to take them down.

Embrace - Novell joined as a top level contributor on.

Extend - Novell then started trying cause friction by adding support for Microsoft's Office Open XML, and creating a separate fork under Go-OO.org and making that the default version in SUSE Linux as well as encouraging other distros to do so.

Extinguish - Finally, when the separate Go-OO group got enough momentum to separate itself, it did. That took down the original project, and with Novell in the driver seat on the direction of the new project. I can bet LibreOffice will have no clashes with Microsoft in the future.

Watch, I can already see stripping out Java and replacing it with .NET/Mono not too far in the horizon for LibreOffice.


Sigh...
By MrTeal on 4/18/2011 10:39:25 AM , Rating: 4
What a PITA. I understand the community wanting more freedom, but for those of us who have been advocating that friends and family should use OO rather than pirate Office, this is going to mean even more support in the future. Couldn't they at least picked a better name?




RE: Sigh...
By kaosstar on 4/18/2011 1:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
LibreOffice certainly doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely. Something so minor could have significant consequences.


RE: Sigh...
By augiem on 4/18/2011 1:08:24 PM , Rating: 3
I totally agree. Not to mention it's hard to remember/communicate to english speakers. A lot of OpenOffice's popularity is likely from geeks trying to get non geek friends (or even family) to use it. Go download OpenOffice at openoffice.org. Easy right? Now it's yeah go download LibreOffice. "What?" Libre as in french for freedom. "What?" type libray, leebray... Even if they don't have trouble spelling/typing/understanding it, REMEMBERING it is already that much harder. Open = open source. Everyone's heard of this.


RE: Sigh...
By augiem on 4/18/2011 1:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, this is likely a direct result of the lack of available domain names today on the major TLD's. It's sad to see every new small time company pop up have to be garbage like Flying Pants Software, but just TRY to get a domain these days. Maybe they could have used some one of their sponsor's (Google's) cash to snag a better name...


RE: Sigh...
By The Raven on 4/18/2011 11:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Something so minor could have significant consequences.
Like the Nintendo Wii? ;-)

Just tell your friends to google "Nacho Libre Office"...hold the nachos. ;-)


RE: Sigh...
By shiftypy on 4/19/2011 4:07:01 AM , Rating: 3
Indeed. OpenOffice is a recognizeable "trademark" name. You know what you are going to get and you know that over time it has improved constantly.


MySQL
By p05esto on 4/18/2011 4:23:56 PM , Rating: 4
MySQL died the day Microsoft gave away SQL Server 2008 Express. I'm using this software on an enterprise, production server with almost 100 databases and it's AMAZING...and free. Yes, there is a 1GB RAM limitation with the Express version, but I'm only topping out at 700MB right now, DB size is like 10GB or something huge. A couple other features turned off can be made up for with 3rd party utilities. SQL Express is great stuff, especially compared with MySQL. If you outgrow SQL Express you can simply upgrade your MS license key and be off and running with no worries....what happens when you outgrow MySQL?

OpenSource is OK, but I'd darn bet my career on MS Office and SQL server if I had to choose. Say what you want about Microsoft, they are the ROCK we all need in the business world.




RE: MySQL
By Smilin on 4/18/2011 4:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
Fully agree both about Express and Microsoft as a whole. Their stuff works and nobody ever got fired for choosing them.

You're likely to get fanboy crucified for having such a strong opinion though.


RE: MySQL
By bug77 on 4/18/2011 5:15:15 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
MySQL died the day Microsoft gave away SQL Server 2008 Express.


Does it work on Linux?


RE: MySQL
By DandDAddict on 4/18/2011 11:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
No it doesnt, but chances are you have all of this running ontop of a vm layer anyway so doesnt really matter if it runs in linux or not.

That and to be perfectly honest, ive yet to have a crash caused by the os or intrusion on any of my servers running 2000/3/8 or any of the various linux distros.

So if you save more money by going ms server + this vs linux + mysql then there isnt a reason not to really.

And before anyone chimes in about how linux and mysql are free basicly , well generaly you can get ms stuff running better in alot less time. that being said ive generaly found linux/mysql to work better if you put the time into it...but time is money.


RE: MySQL
By 91TTZ on 4/19/2011 2:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No it doesnt, but chances are you have all of this running ontop of a vm layer anyway so doesnt really matter if it runs in linux or not.


What difference would the presence of a VM layer make? You still have to pay for a Microsoft Windows license, which is what most are trying to avoid.


RE: MySQL
By Fritzr on 4/19/2011 9:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
Do a little more digging on the limitations of MySQL. I remember one installation about 11 years ago using 100GB+ ... that 1GB limit or even 10GB capability that you say Microsoft has, doesn't come close to what MySQL could do a decade ago.

When you outgrow MySQL you talk to the developers and have the code modified to support database sizes beyond the (greater than 100GB) limit that has then been identified. If you limit out on Microsoft, you'll probably need to migrate to MySQL :D

Based on your statements, MySQL has Microsoft beat on both price and max database size :P

I love the way you make it sound like Microsoft is the better buy because the max database size is smaller and the price much higher. Both are definite advantages for Microsoft all right :D

Another advantage for Microsoft is that unlike MySQL, the enduser is not able to extend the capabilities of the program. (Actually not even allowed to read the source code, let alone modify it) MySQL is definitely the worse choice due to it's license allowing it to be modified.


Genius move?
By bug77 on 4/18/2011 12:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
So, Oracle got rid of another dead weight from the acquisition of Sun and got the community to thank them for it. Did I understand correctly?




RE: Genius move?
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 1:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
A couple more similar moves, and Oracle will be left asking themselves WTF did they get at the end of the day from SUN....

The hw part is in trouble (just ask around who is lining up to buy more Sun stuff nowadays), Solaris (great piece of engineering, but so was VMS) is loosing market share (look at how many Dell, IBM and HP boxes you could buy with Solaris a couple of years ago and how many you can buy now), MySQL has forked (Drizzle and MariaDB), OpenOffice is out, and in the micro design business the consolidation is not slowing up - I would say it accelerates, with x64 and Power being the volume leaders and Itanium and Sparc loosing volume. Some of this problems are due to Oracle in exclusivity (like torpedoing OpenSolaris and cutting down on Solaris distribution deals on non-Sun hw, and the open source forks). In addition, they managed to piss off a lot of people in the Java development community, and although the consequences are not yet apparent, they are not good for Java's future. Yep, great job so far for Oracle :)


RE: Genius move?
By bug77 on 4/18/2011 2:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A couple more similar moves, and Oracle will be left asking themselves WTF did they get at the end of the day from SUN....


They got to kill MySQL. Rumor has it that was the whole point of the deal.


RE: Genius move?
By kitonne on 4/18/2011 3:21:15 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I could gather so far, Java was the main target, and the Google lawsuit is one of the first results. Oracle has a lot of their business apps written in Java, and they wanted control. The other "achievement" since Oracle took the reigns of Java is driving Apache guys out of Java decision making process and making some sort of a deal with IBM on Java. To me, it seems more like shooting themselves in the foot, but time will tell.

MySQL cannot be killed - it already forked, and you can get support for it from multiple sources, but it lost market share and MariaDB and Drizzle are not quite well known as replacements and do not have the same mind-share as MySQL.


RE: Genius move?
By bug77 on 4/18/2011 3:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
The story (as I've read it) says they were after MySQL and the Java lawsuit was just the cherry on top. Of course, this isn't necessarily true, but Oracle's subsequent actions did little to prove it wrong.
And MySQL certainly can be killed. Not immediately, but by leaving it unmaintained. Like you said, it's already declining. The existing forks don't seem to be strong enough to push it forward, they just seem content to add a few bug fixes on top of official MySQL releases. But I haven't paid much attention to them in a while.


Photo
By Smilin on 4/18/2011 10:34:24 AM , Rating: 2
This thing is dying for a good Jack Black photo .. in stretchy pants!




RE: Photo
By Smilin on 4/18/2011 10:57:20 AM , Rating: 2
Sure downrate me cowards! You're too scared to face me in the ring!

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=nacho+libre&qp...


Android/iOS apps?
By UNCjigga on 4/18/2011 10:37:57 AM , Rating: 2
Now that that debacle is over, it's time for OpenOffice to get cracking on mobile apps. Mobile is the next major front in the productivity suite war. Microsoft is losing badly to DataViz and QuickOffice (not to mention Apple's Pages) but the defacto file formats are still Microsoft's. For OpenOffice to grow support for ODF, they need a compelling mobile suite.

While iOS might not be the platform of choice for GPL software, it would be great to see a full-featured Android 3.0 office suite for the coming crop of Honeycomb tablets.




RE: Android/iOS apps?
By Smilin on 4/18/2011 4:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think they need to get cracking on cloud apps more so than mobile.

With the limited form factor on mobile devices you don't have to go toe-to-toe with Office on featureset to compete. In the cloud you still do and OO is behind. Plus, get a good cloud version and it will run without change on the larger form factor mobile devices (tablets, netbooks).


OpenSource @ Oracle: abandon ship
By Skelum on 4/18/2011 11:27:41 AM , Rating: 2
This is the second time I hear that an opensource project quits Oracle. The last one was Hudson forked in Jenkins...

Who's next? Virtual Box?




By kitonne on 4/18/2011 1:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
You missed MySQL -> MariaDB :)


Oracle won?
By the goat on 4/18/2011 10:47:22 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
While the decision may sound, at first glance, like Oracle "won"


I fail to understand how Oracle quiting oOO could ever appear as "winning". Unless you are using it in the Charlie Sheen sense where getting fired and running your life into the ground is "winning!"




Maybe...
By Marlin1975 on 4/18/2011 10:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe google can help develop it even furthur since they have office type software as well. Let alone RedHat can also install it with their software and support it.

I think OO 3.0 is good and even my picky wife uses it and has not complained.
I installed it on any system I build as it works and is legal.




Valve estimate shenanigans
By AssBall on 4/18/2011 12:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
I think a Valve estimate of OO users is going to be inherently higher than the true average... gamers are generally frugal and tech savvy.

How many corporate computers have Steam installed? Also I know many people have both OO and MSO...




well...
By raabscuttle on 4/18/2011 12:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
Does this mean we can officially refer to it as Nacho Office?




Awesome name!
By StraightCashHomey on 4/18/2011 12:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Just ask Microsoft, they'll tell you!

Nachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooo LibreOffice.




people still use openoffice?
By rainyday on 4/19/2011 12:27:59 AM , Rating: 2
Most sensible people use ms office. but if u dont need office use wordpad or abiword. hell, even online suites like Zoho is so much better. AFAIK OOo will get you into trouble when you need it the most, totally unpredictable sometimes, and you will miss your deadline if in a hurry.





Where have I been?
By ranran on 4/19/2011 1:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. I've been in clueless city - had no idea that OO had forked into LibreOffice.

Thanks for the info - good article! :)




Unlike Sun, Oracle is into money
By Wily on 4/20/2011 3:48:31 AM , Rating: 2
Sun spent enormous resources on open source projects and what did it get them?

Things are a bit different at Oracle. Say what you will about Ellison, he knows how to make money. Anything not contributing to the bottom line is dead weight that will be axed eventually.




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