Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:46 UTC, submitted by suka
Features, Office In a recent interview with Novell developer Michael Meeks talks about the reasoning behind the fork from, the first few weeks of the new project, and plans for the future.
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One thing that's slightly disappointing about LibreOffice is that it's an "unknown brand" compared to The latter has taken years to slowly gain market share and recognition and now, in some ways, it's almost back to square one again (it doesn't help that LibreOffice launched the new branding as a beta, which further discouraged users from trying it out).

It's sad - though understandable - that Oracle are indeed holding onto the brand and are also seemingly in a "race" vs. LibreOffice to see who can get the next stable release out since the fork happened. Considering OOo is now at 3.3.0 RC4, it looks like Oracle is going to win this "race".

In a matter of weeks, users will be in something of a fork quandry w.r.t. which stable release they install next., which is a known entity but not looking to have too bright a future or LibreOffice, requiring a bit of a leap into the unknown, but seemingly where the major development is going to be heading.

I just hope LibreOffice reduce the number of RPMs (45-50!) that distributes for the Linux version. Surely you just need a "core" RPM for common code and then an RPM for each of the writer/calc/draw/presenter/db components (because you might want to skip installing some of the components)?

I'm running LibreOffice on Arch Linux right now, as a trial.

On Arch, it has 24 dependencies, it downloaded five new packages to install it, and it recommended another two that weren't already installed.

There is a huge list of files within those few packages however:

It doesn't really matter however it is packaged, this is a large download.

It does work fairly well, and the integartion with the Arch KDE 4.5.3 desktop is pretty good.

If you don't run preload, the first load of LibreOffice in a session takes about nine seconds (at least it does on my pedestrian machine). Subsequent starts however take less than two seconds.

Even with this large download and long list of files, this isn't as comprehensive as an installation from a CD or a DVD. You are missing some resources copmared to a commercial offering.

However, if you have a web connection, even that is not too much of a difficulty:


SVG support! Yay.

Edited 2010-11-17 12:48 UTC

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