Print 28 comment(s) - last by maugrimtr.. on Nov 20 at 8:05 AM

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"Numerous statements concerning LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice are incorrect or outdated," the groups said in the letter.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. 


Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: How cute
By avxo on 11/19/2012 11:16:58 AM , Rating: 3
Ever heard of PDF exporting?

An absolutely great idea. If I need to send a document to someone else for editing, I'll save it as PDF, then they can print it, scan it, OCR it, edit it, save it as PDF and send it back to me.

ODF is standard, if "another office suite" can't handle that properly, I doubt it's OpenOffice's fault.

Somehow I'm not convinced. It may have something yo do with the fact that I have witnessed OpenOffice repeatedly misparse and/or misrender ODF files that it created. Despite fixing the issue by relaying the document out and then saving it. If only that worked...

I'm sure that OpenOffice/LibreOffice have matured since then. But the simple fact is that I don't have time to play around with it to find out.

RE: How cute
By Solandri on 11/19/2012 3:07:44 PM , Rating: 3
That's kinda beside the point. If you want a program which lets you edit words, you use a word processor. If you want a program which lets you edit the way your words will appear on the screen/printout, you use a layout program like PageMaker, QuarkXPress, or if it's for final consumption you make a PDF.

So if you're sharing documents with someone for review and editing, use a word processor to come up with the text you're going to use. Then put that text into a layout program to make it appear exactly how you want it to appear, and send that around for review and editing. The problem is, people want their cake and to eat it too. They want a layout program which also doubles as a word processor (or vice versa).

Microsoft Word comes close in most people's minds, but even it will show different layouts depending on what fonts are installed (varies with version of Windows) on the particular computer you're using. So this isn't a case of one solution works while the other doesn't. It's one strikes a better compromise to most people's minds. If you really wanted what people say they want, you'd use a separate word processor and layout program like I described.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
Related Articles
Microsoft Office 2013 Hits RTM Status
October 12, 2012, 9:00 AM

Most Popular ArticlesSmartphone Screen Protectors – What To Look For
September 21, 2016, 9:33 AM
UN Meeting to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
September 21, 2016, 9:52 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Update: Problem-Free Galaxy Note7s CPSC Approved
September 22, 2016, 5:30 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki