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Three Magnifiques Extensions to Sweeten Your Office Suite

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networkworld.com: Over the weekend, LibreOffice took the Experiment award for most appreciated software at the Open World Forum in Paris. I use LibreOffice every day, so I definitely think the award is well-deserved. Here are three particularly useful add-ons to improve your office tools:

LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org drift apart

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h-online.com: Michael Meeks, a LibreOffice developer at Novell, compared the codebase of LibreOffice with the OpenOffice.org sources hosted at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). As he writes in a blog post, the differences are already so great that it will now be hard to exchange new code between the two projects.

LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.org: Showdown for Best Open Source Office Suite

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olex.openlogic.com: With the release of a new version of LibreOffice this month, it’s a good time to look at the two major open source office suites, LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org, to see what advantages each offers, and which is a better bet for end users.

OpenOffice.org and Symphony

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  • OpenOffice.org and Symphony: Did IBM Do the Right Thing?
  • Discordant Notes Surround IBM's Symphony Move

OpenOffice: Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

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consortiuminfo.org: Poor OpenOffice. It’s been open source for so long, and yet its adoption and market importance has always lagged far behind that of peer software like Linux. Can this ever change?

IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration

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sutor.com: One month later, IBM is announcing that it will offer the Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice incubator for consideration. Why and what does this mean?

Brazilian government signs up to develop OpenOffice and LibreOffice

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h-online.com: The Brazilian government has signed a letter of intent to work with both The Document Foundation and the Apache OpenOffice.org community to develop the Office Suite platforms maintained by both communities.

OpenOffice – splits and pirouettes

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h-online.com: The splits and controversies around LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org have highlighted a number of issues concerning the licensing and corporate governance of open source projects and communities.

Major gaps of Open Office Impress versus Microsoft Power Point: what do you think?

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freesoftware.zona-m.net: Yesterday Sergio, a user of OpenOffice Impress, sent to the OpenOffice.org discussion list his list of the “Major Gaps of OpenOffice Impress 3.3 vs. Microsoft Office PowerPoint”.

OpenOffice.org site goes offline, Oracle declines to comment

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theregister.co.uk: Two URLs including the OpenOffice.org domain owned by software giant Oracle are currently displaying error messages, but the Larry Ellison-run company is declining to explain why the sites are down.

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