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: Did IBM Do the Right Thing?
- Discordant Notes Surround IBM's Symphony Move
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?
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?
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.
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.
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”.
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.
fossforce.com: Probably the most boring open source story recently is also been the one getting the most ink. The problem with with the Apache/OpenOffice saga is that the real story already happened, it’s history.
itpro.co.uk: For many an office suite is just as essential as the computer it runs on. But should you continue investing in Microsoft Office or choose the free OpenOffice instead? Karl Wright gets down to business and finds out in our review.
itworld.com: There are two long-standing opinions about forks in the FLOSS community: they weaken projects or they strengthen projects. There are interesting arguments on either side of the debate, but if history is any judge, there is a strong trend: the project that forked away from the mainline project tends to be the ultimate survivor.
standardsandfreedom.net: I really avoided to comment on the latest developments at Apache and OpenOffice.org. Now that the OpenOffice.org project has formally been voted as an Apache project in incubation phase, I feel I can more easily comment on this latest move.
- OpenOffice, LibreOffice and the Scarcity Fallacy
- LibreOffice shows the strengths of FOSS
- New option to specify initial number of sheets
- Toolbar Improvements
computerworlduk.com: The best thing end-users can do is ignore OpenOffice.org at Apache until the dust settles, and switch to LibreOffice instead.
Also: Apache votes to accept OpenOffice.org for incubation
And: License This!
ingwa2.blogspot: The big picture is that we are all together in a much bigger fight: the one between the Open Document Format (ODF) and the proprietary formats of Microsoft Office. So here are the facts of the current situation:
zdnet.com: Some people in the open-source community are not at all pleased that Oracle has given OpenOffice to Apache and so they are throwing their support behind LibreOffice.
- Open letter to Apache regarding OpenOffice / LibreOffice
- OpenOffice + Apache = Open Content Innovation
- Like a box of chocolates
linuxuser.co.uk: Oracle’s donation of the OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation does no favours for the users or developers of open office suites, says Richard Hillesley…
ostatic.com: Michael Meeks published some interesting statistics on the completeness of the OpenOffice source code contributed to the Apache Software Foundation. We can see that the Oracle OpenOffice code is incomplete.
linuxjournal.com: The world of LibreOffice and OpenOffice(.org) has been heating up recently with several exciting and, at times, bewildering developments.
Also: Oracle and OpenOffice: The Final Insult