Linked by lemur2 on Mon 8th Aug 2011 22:12 UTC
Features, Office The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of version 3.4.2 of the open source LibreOffice office suite. According to TDF Steering Committee member Italo Vignoli, the third release in the 3.4.x branch of LibreOffice is now ready for both individuals and enterprises, and can be used for production.
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The Best Thing that Happened
by Peter Besenbruch on Mon 8th Aug 2011 23:04 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
Member since:
2006-03-13

The fork of OpenOffice was a good thing for those who switched to LibreOffice. OpenOffice remains frozen with an incompletely released version 3.3. While I assume IBM is facilitating some development, Oracle clearly isn't, as there are no newer release candidates on the OpenOffice site.

Meanwhile LibreOffice cleans up the code and adds features at a great pace. In particular, I appreciate the improved file format support, and the better on-screen display for some fonts, such as Free Serif.

I really appreciate all this effort, and think it is marvelous that so many new people are helping out.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The fork of OpenOffice was a good thing for those who switched to LibreOffice. OpenOffice remains frozen with an incompletely released version 3.3. While I assume IBM is facilitating some development, Oracle clearly isn't, as there are no newer release candidates on the OpenOffice site.


Sounds like OpenOffice is basically dead in the water now and Libre is the 'new thing' ?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"The fork of OpenOffice was a good thing for those who switched to LibreOffice. OpenOffice remains frozen with an incompletely released version 3.3. While I assume IBM is facilitating some development, Oracle clearly isn't, as there are no newer release candidates on the OpenOffice site.
Sounds like OpenOffice is basically dead in the water now and Libre is the 'new thing' ? "

OpenOffice is not dead in the water, it is now an Apache project, and Oracle (and I presume IBM) are still contributing to it.

The thing is, because of the Apache license, LibreOffice can also incorporate any changes Oracle makes to OpenOffice.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/LibreOffice-3-4-2-is-enterpr...

Oracle have ended up providing about 25% of the changes that have gone into LibreOffice.

By the same token, this same picture conveys the fact that there are roughly four times as many changes/improvements going into LibreOffice as are going into OpenOffice.

Edited 2011-08-09 02:27 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Meanwhile LibreOffice cleans up the code and adds features at a great pace. In particular, I appreciate the improved file format support, and the better on-screen display for some fonts, such as Free Serif.


Also, one of the things that I have never seen reported in the mainstream media is the performance boost of LibreOffice that has come from this massive code cleanup.

Anecdote: I own an under-powered netbook, an Acer Aspire One 522, which uses an AMD Ontario APU (combined CPU and GPU). The CPU is a dual core AMD64 part, but it is clocked at only 1GHz, and the machine has only 1GB of RAM. I have both Windows 7 and Kubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 installed (dual boot) on this machine. On this hardware, LibreOffice loads and runs noticeably faster under Kubuntu than MS Office 2010 loads and runs under Windows 7.

Edited 2011-08-09 02:29 UTC

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renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Also, one of the things that I have never seen reported in the mainstream media is the performance boost of LibreOffice that has come from this massive code cleanup.

Probably, because it's not sure at all that there is a performance boost, the code cleanup is for improving maintainability, it may also improve performance but that's just a side benefit..

As for your anecdote, sorry but it's quite meaningless, to show that the code cleanup improves performance you should compare OpenOffice to LibreOffice on the same OS, not two difference office suite on two different OS!

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