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Open-source software groups are angry atone German city's claims

The German city of Freiburg has been using OpenOffice 3.2.1, which is an open-source productivity suite that is used as an alternative to Microsoft Office, for the past five years. The city has announced that it plans to ditch the open-source office suite and return to Microsoft Office after running into numerous problems.

Some of the issues cited by the city council include documents that were improperly formatted when opened in another office suite and conversion problems between presentation programs PowerPoint and Impress. The Council also felt that Calc and Impress performed significantly more poorly than Microsoft alternatives.

"The divergence of the development community (LibreOffice on one hand Apache Office on the other) is crippling for the development for OpenOffice," the council wrote.

The Free Software Foundation Europe, the Document Foundation, and the Open Source Business Alliance protested the city Council's findings. The groups said that the city Council was comparing apples to oranges.

"Numerous statements concerning LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice are incorrect or outdated," the groups said in the letter. They also added that the support of LibreOffice and OpenOffice is at a professional level these days. The group continued saying, "The assessment of the evaluation that compatibility to Microsoft Office cannot be reached in the next few years, is also wrong."

It's worth noting that while Microsoft Office 2013 hit RTM status in October, Freiburg will be using a combination of Office 2000 and Office 2010. 

Source: Arnnet.com.au



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By DaveLessnau on 11/19/2012 10:46:51 AM , Rating: 3
According to

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd87356...

quote:
Extended support is still available [sic] for Office 2000, and will continue through July 14, 2009. Office 2000 updates published on or before July 14, 2009, will remain on the Microsoft Download Center. This date marks the end of the 10-year support period in the Microsoft support life cycle. For more information, see Office 2000 Product support lifecycle information (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=152790).

After July 14, 2009, Office 2000 updates will no longer be available from Microsoft Web sites. However, you can still receive support from Microsoft through a custom support agreement (CSA). For more information, contact your account team or local Microsoft representative.


So, good luck with that.




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