Linked by the_randymon on Thu 10th Jan 2013 22:17 UTC
Features, Office For years, developers decried the tight fist Sun kept on the development of its office suite, preventing the hacker culture from improving its software. So now that LibreOffice is, well, free, it's not surprising to see one ambitious hacker has developed a mechanism for theming it. Let's have a round of applause for Jan Holesovsky, whose patch in the upcoming 4.0 edition of LibreOffice allows you to style LibreOffice using FireFox Personae. Holesovsky's blog is full of other interesting UI changes made to LibreOffice, proof perhaps that letting hackers hack is the best way to keep your project improving.
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Why not just use a standard toolkit
by MacMan on Fri 11th Jan 2013 04:54 UTC
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One of the biggest problems of OpenOffice is that it uses its own GUI toolkit. I really which they would port it to uses GTK or QT.

At least GTK and QT apps can now read the same theme info, QT apps looks just fine under Gnome and well, have not tried GTK under KDE, but I assume that GTK is smart enough to do the right thing.

Anyway, QT does have its problems, but it is a better toolkit than the OpenOffice widget set.

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