Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Save $100 with this office software. Just don't use it to send any important doc or docx files. Some doc or docx files you receive might not be processed correctly. It will work 99% of the time though.

Sorry but that is not something I am going to personally endorse. People hold onto Office for at least 3 years which breaks down to $33 a year for 100% compatibility with the most common formats and a nicer interface.

I put people on Chrome since it can be trusted as an alternative to IE but OO can not be trusted with MS Office compatibility.

I regularly test open source alternatives, you're wasting your time trying to give me helpful tips on switching. I always have OO and MS Office installed. I try the major Linux distros every year.

What OO needs is funding, not personal advocacy. A 20 million investment into OO would really shake things up.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

"100% compatibility"

LOL. Microsoft can’t even get their own compatibility right. You are smoking something if you think different office versions are flawless in their file format support.

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

At best, I get about 80% compatibility across MS Office versions. Mostly problems with margins and images. I'll take the 99% (although to me it's 100%) of OpenOffice any day.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"100% compatibility"

LOL. Microsoft can’t even get their own compatibility right. You are smoking something if you think different office versions are flawless in their file format support.


It's still miles better than whatever OOo hacks together. Anyone with a serious interest in the business or education world can't use OOo. Everybody expects everything to be in .doc, and while that is not ideal, you can't change that. I always find it disingenuous to NOT mention this SPECIFICALLY to those you're advocating Linux or OOo to.

And, if you're getting into more specific publishing and scientific worlds, there's no place for either Office or OOo. You'll see more advanced tools like LATEX and such.

On top of that - OOo is simply very bad software. It is NOT a good product. Even as a free product, it still sucks. You can, of course, not like the ribbon, but you have to be willing to put up with a lot of crap to switch to OOo for that.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Businesses upgrade slowly which means most of these compatibility problems are iron out during upgrade period ... depends ultimately on the system admin. Ours are pretty good as a rule.

I was running Word 2000 until last week.

Edited 2011-04-19 09:36 UTC

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