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    "It's Just Open Office"

    June 3, 2012  |   By raywigton

    Pros

    Does everything Open Office can do and maybe more.

    Cons

    The only thing wrong here is that it conflicts with my loyalty to Open Office, but it comes from some of the same great people.

    Summary

    As you know Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and because they have a record of putting a price tag on free software, the Open Office program was perhaps in danger. As a result, some of the people jumped ship and formed the Document Foundation. They are behind the LibreOffice software which is nothing more than an exact duplicate of Open Office down to the executable commands. If you are using Open Office, you (and I) may have to move to LibreOffice someday but for right now all that Libre has done is improve at a faster pace than Open Office from which they stole everything that wasn't nailed down. The Apache Software Foundation appears to be the new owner of Open Office so users will have to choose between them. I'm guessing that Oracle intended to charge for the program but had to "donate" it to Apache after Libre was created.

    The Libre software takes over your Open Office documents, assigning itself as default even when Open Office is the default program on your computer. The software is installed for almost everything regardless of your opting not to install some features. It felt like having something viral running on my computer as it exercised the kind of control that I hadn't felt since getting rid of Norton antivirus. On the other side of the argument, if I had deleted Open Office, I would have had it back again, just looking a little different on the execution but doing everything that I needed and then some. For right now, I'm trashing Libre and keeping Open Office, you will have to make your own choice - and how great it is to have two FREE office suites to choose from. Both are better than Microsoft for the simple fact that they can run Microsoft programs but Microsoft with their 'greater than thou' attitude won't run anything else. Best regards,

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