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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:23 pm    Post subject: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice - any preferences? Reply with quote

Some may remember the kerfuffle a while back when the OOo project was taken over by commercial interests, resulting in the mass defection of project staff and setting up of the LibreOffice fork. The Evil Swindler responsible eventually gave it away, but we're now left with a duplicate project.

Does Gentoo specifically, or anyone reading this, have any preferences or policies to differentiate the two?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LibreOffice will usually be better; They can steal code from OpenOffice but, due to the differences in licensing, OpenOffice can't steal code from LibreOffice.

That said I am currently using OpenOffice because LibreOffice triggers a ridiculous and terrifyingly large dependency cascade on my system.

OpenOffice OTOH just emerged with no stupid dependencies, so it won by default.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting, and many thanks for the dependencies warning. I notice that OO is now Apache OO, that being both the licence and the support site, I suppose. Given OO's disadvantage, it might make them try a bit harder, so the balance may change.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:53 am    Post subject: Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice - any preferences? Reply with quote

52midnight wrote:
Some may remember the kerfuffle a while back when the OOo project was taken over by commercial interests
Ah, when it became OOOo.

Actually, I was pulling for Go-oo when it came out. That's when I switched from OOo. Going over to LibreOffice after that was the natural switch. Yes, it does take a lot to build, but then it does a lot when I might want it.

I started with the code way back when it was StarOffice on OS/2. It was one of the fancy applications bundled with eComStation.

The thing is that it's a big boat to steer. What was true back when I had StarOffice is true today with OpenOffice: I run it when I want its big features. For day to day word processing or other office things, I prefer tools that are much lighter.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

> I started with the code way back when it was StarOffice on OS/2.

Now THAT brings back memories. Thought StarOffice was great back when.

BTW, there are binary packages for both OOo and libreOffice to save compiling them for anyone interested.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for some reason i used libreoffice and I sticked to that.
It seemed that openoffice turned evil or like redhat with their systemd in comparision.

just checked woohoo, gentoo still has openoffice as binary in tree.

I just want an open source software which can create pdf from my text files and spreadsheets.
I do not care much for the underlying piece, but it should be something which lasts longer.

Microsoft had the issues that intentions never were right from office 97 to newer. Regardless using microsoft or other software.

Libreoffice / openoffice / staroffice never failed me in this regard. And yes i used staroffice 5.0 in the old days. Basically all the same junk just renamed and different owners.

I even certified microsoft office user. Libreoffice lacks some mayor functions but who cares. I hardly need those but I saw the differences after I passed my certification a few years back.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the dust settled it seems most people migrated to LibreOffice, so it seems to be a good place to go if you want the bugs taken care of quickly.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyker wrote:
That said I am currently using OpenOffice because LibreOffice triggers a ridiculous and terrifyingly large dependency cascade on my system.

LibreOffice by now is much more modularised than OpenOffice. The dependencies are there as well, you just won't see them as they come bundled within OpenOffice.


The question of the OP is moot imo; development of OpenOffice has pretty much ceased.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

> It seemed that openoffice turned evil

It was taken over for a time by one of the American billionaires, barely escaped with its life, and has since been living in fear, or so I'm told.

> development of OpenOffice has pretty much ceased.

Hmm, well that's interesting.

> I just want an open source software which can create pdf from my text files and spreadsheets.

Check out pandoc.org. The design philosophy looks sound, it's commandline and highly modular. It needs TeX to make PDFs, one reason for my (now confirmed) approach of using OOo/LO for editing and export into PDF.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also heard that OS development has stopped. LibreOffice does everything I need.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An Open Letter to Apache Foundation and Apache OpenOffice Team
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest Libreoffice update is August 2014, Openoffice's update is October 2014.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I switched to Libreoffice quite a while ago ... having options is nice 8)
tbh I had not thought about OpenOffice again until I looked at this thread.
As the PC I got has a bit more grunt I switched to compiling Libreoffice, compiling Openoffice does not look to be an option using the portage tree at the moment.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Libreoffice ebuild is today at 5.0.1.2 version. It's a long long compiling.
But libreoffice-bin is at the 4.4.4.3 version.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not the whole story. While it's true that libreoffice testing is ahead of libreoffice-bin, that's just because libreoffice-bin tracks stable libreoffice. Both stable libreoffice and (stable) libreoffice-bin are at 4.4.4.3.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there was recently an article about openoffice and they just should give up.

they lack developers and manpower in short, and have had hardly any updates in a year. i am sure you will find the correlated article on slashdot or wherever i have read it ...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Substitute stable with still and I agree.
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