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10 Nov 2010   #1

open office and libre office... whats the difference?

i used to use - The Free and Open Productivity Suite but now i see there is LibreOffice Productivity Suite - The Document Foundation and they have succeeded in confusing me, can anyone tell me which one is the way to go for a windows office alternative?

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10 Nov 2010   #2

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Most here use Open office. It has been found to be compatible with the famous and expensive MS product Office.
It has been used by many and they are satisifed. I never heard of the other, which says something in itself.
The most important feature that you want is comapatiblity with MS Word, as most people use that. You want to be sure that you can send them doucments and it can be read. Well, you have that with Open Office.
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10 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Openoffice is backed by Oracle. Libre is an open source fork (or to be fork), like linux it will be developed by the community. I think the final version will be available by the end of the year, though the beta is available for download.

Naturally, the loss of a corporate sponsor would make funding an issue but there are precedents such as Mozilla doing very well. As of now, things seem a bit hazy but would suggest you wait out awhile. Openoffice also continues to be freely available for download.
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10 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Libre office is Open Office.

Recently, the Open Office folks decided to ditch Oracle and go their separate ways. However, Oracle owns the name Open the Open Office folks needed to use something else. Hence the name, Libre Office.

The developers of Open Office are still working together on the Libre Office don't expect quality, or it's free available to change.

Here is a link to the story
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01 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium Enhanced

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

The developers of Open Office are still working together on the Libre Office don't expect quality, or it's free available to change.
I disagree on the quality part. I think in the long run Libre Office is going to have much better quality than Open Office. Consider this part of an article I found:

The meat of this story, the chapters between, included Oracle stonewalling OpenOfficeís developers, the folks who collectively know by heart every bloated line in the application, how to improve it and, more importantly, how to fix it. This led to the resulting rise of The Document Foundation, the fork to produce LibreOffice and a first release only a few months later which was a marked improvement over the latest and greatest offering from OpenOffice.

This leaves us wondering, where does the story go from here, now that Oracle, at IBMís prodding, has given OpenOffice away? We know this is mainly a desperation move by Oracle, just as we know there was nothing desperate about IBMís involvement, that Big Blue has an agenda. What we donít know is how this story will develop.

Iíve got an idea on this, but I could be wrong. Actually, I donít think thereís going to be much of a story from here, and I donít think you need a crystal ball to figure out how this is going to play out. This story is going to follow such predictable lines that we could just write the articles now, and publish them as the events unfold.
The nature of the Apache license will allow IBM, Oracle and anyone else whoís interested to place proprietary tentacles deep into OpenOffice to create their own proprietary office suite. I suspect that Oracle and IBM will work together to tailor a product to fit the needs of their clients. The resulting suite will be offered as a free incentive to those who purchase a license for their respective stacks. Itís a good guess that this suite will be designed to integrate easily into Oracleís database, with lots of functions available.

The free version of OpenOffice, the version that everyday users like you and I can download and install, will suffer from a lot of neglect. The folks at Apache might clean some bloat out of the code or work on slowly adding a few functions, but mostly the changes will be cosmetic, at least for the foreseeable future.
The only clear cut winner looks to be LibreOffice, which had really already won before IBM called the play and Oracle snapped the ball to Apache. They won because their first release was a vast improvement over anything OpenOffice has ever offered, and the next release promises even more improvements. Theyíre adding features, making functions easier to use, and starting to clean out the bloat thatís been accumulating in the code since the Star Office days in Germany before Sun acquired the property. Already many Linux distros have switched to LibreOffice and many of my Mac friends tell me they open LibreOffice for their word processing or spread sheet needs
LibreOffice vs OpenOffice: When the Ball Bounces Your Way ę FOSS Force

If this holds true look for Open Office to fall by the wayside and Libre Office to thrive. I have noticed already many Linux Distros are choosing to use Libre Office as the default office suite over Open Office. There is something to be said about getting rid of corporate involvement and keeping Free software truly Free.

I'm still waiting for the day Microsoft sees the light and gets what Free Software really means, then Windows will be a much better product.
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