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Does OpenOffice.org Still Matter?

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For the past six years or so, my office productivity suite of choice has been OpenOffice.org. In that time, I've watched the suite progress slowly but steadily toward the goal of being "just as good" as Microsoft Office.

And yet, for my needs, the free software suite has been Office enough since Version 1.0. In fact, considering that I've spent the past six years on a Linux desktop, which Microsoft's Office does not support, OpenOffice.org has been better than good enough.

Given the rise of these Web-based alternatives and the progress they're making toward erasing their traditional drawbacks through offline browser support and JavaScript performance improvements, it's worth asking whether OpenOffice.org will continue to matter as we move forward.

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