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LibreOffice: Is the Open Source Software Suite Here to Stay?

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It’s a new year, and LibreOffice — the office productivity suite forked from OpenOffice.org — is the new face of open source productivity software. Or is it? And more importantly, will it remain so as OpenOffice is reborn under the Apache Foundation? Here are some thoughts on what to expect on this front in 2012.

It seems to me that it’s a bit too early to affirm that the future of open source office software lies squarely in LibreOffice. While the situation seems pretty settled and stable right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if OpenOffice emerges resurgent to become a major LibreOffice competitor, upsetting the consensus that the community now enjoys on this front.

And that could potentially be a pretty bad thing for users of open source software. Traditionally, OpenOffice was one of the poster children of the open source world. Its rich features, lively development and impressive market share proved that open source projects could produce commercial quality software.

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