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Libre vs Open Office [was: Export Org mode files to (gag, barf) MS Offic

From: tomas
Subject: Libre vs Open Office [was: Export Org mode files to (gag, barf) MS Office?]
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2021 22:12:43 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 09:49:02PM +0200, Marcin Borkowski wrote:
> On 2021-06-26, at 21:18, tomas@tuxteam.de wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 04:27:19PM +0000, Brandon Taylor wrote:
> >> I’ve seen that LibreOffice can read and write to those formats, whereas 
> >> OpenOffice can only read them. Or has OpenOffice overcome that particular 
> >> barrier?
> >
> > I think OpenOffice is practically dead. All interesting development
> > happens in LibreOffice, at least for the last ten years. Heck, it
> > was practically dead 2015.
> >
> > It is a long, sad story. Currently I wouldn't even bet on OpenOffice
> > not having unpatched critical security bugs.
> Out of curiosity: why sad? I've been using OpenOffice many years ago
> (StarOffice earlier), now I'm using LibreOffice.  Wasn't that basically
> a rename?

The sad part, in a few words, is that OpenOffice still kept the "brand
recognition", but is basically unmaintained at this point.

Many users (especially in Windows land, the Linus ones seem to know) are
still lured by the brand to download and use unmaintained software.

It is as if Oracle, by donating OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation,
wanted to sabotage free office software. But why?


[1] https://pctechmag.com/2011/06/oracle-and-openoffice-the-final-insult/

 - t

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