Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffice

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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby witstert » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:43 am

kingfisher wrote:The techrepublic article is dated September 14, 2016. I misread that date, thinking it was a recent article. I am not familiar with the language used in the tweakers article.


The language is Dutch.
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby Dangling Wrangler » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:46 pm

Villeroy wrote:http://lwn.net/Articles/699047/


Well my timing is GREAT then, as I have ended my use of Open Office after 15+ years
The latest version 4.1.7 sealed the deal with the update for me two days ago, as I hated it immediately and installed Libre Office just this morning. The progress until the last version was always making it better. I blame it on the reprobate scum Oligarch, Larry Ellison in purchasing Sun and dropping the ball on Open Office.
Sad, but I wish the best of luck to all ! :super:
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby RoryOF » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:31 pm

Why did you "hate it immediately"?

It has minor fixes and improvements, no great change in appearance or performance on earlier versions. It is generally admitted to be very stable, more stable than LibreOffice, and if one doesn't need the extra features and changed menus of LibreOffice, it makes sense to stick with it.
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby Villeroy » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:18 pm

There were subtile differences between OpenOffice.org 2.4, 3.0 and one visible addition, the sidebar, to version 4.0. AOO 4.1.7 is almost the same application as 4.0 of 2011. Apart from the logo on the welcome screen, you can not detect any difference to a 15 year old version "immediately".
Please, edit this topic's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby Zizi64 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:14 pm

It is generally admitted to be very stable, more stable than LibreOffice,

It is not always true on Windows 10...
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby timnobodygrunet » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:52 pm

I have been using this program for years as an alternative for the big bucks alternative. I have often seen the requests for additional help from programmers to keep this alive. Sadly I am not a programmer but a simple user. I have created databases, rich documents and somewhat advanced spreadsheets for work and now since retiring for personal and friends use. I am also the President of our retirement community's non-profit homeowners association and in the middle of revamping our documentation, accounting and general operations. The change relies heavily on the use of this program as most people here don't have the ability to spend what is needed for the Microsoft alternative. I have the help of some younger residents (in 50's early 60's) who have IT and website programing experience.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP KEEP THIS VIABLE?? Give me some direction. I am experienced is sales, highly technical welding, laboratory gases/equipment, cryogenic equipment, auto repair specifically in computers and the electronic/mechanical systems to control all. I am a hardware person. If I can be of value to this, USE ME.

PS: I make a mean batch of chili if you have a fundraiser.
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Re: Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffi

Postby RusselB » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:14 pm

While OpenOffice is, generally, considered to be more stable than LibreOffice, LibreOffice does have some advantages over OpenOffice.
LibreOffice is more compatible with OpenOffice than M$Office is.
I can't think of anything in OpenOffice that LibreOffice has difficulties with, thus all of your documents, spreadsheets and databases that were made using OpenOffice should work fine in LibreOffice.
You can have OpenOffice and LibreOffice installed on the same system, just remember that the last program installed will be the default for the associated file types.
If you want to try LibreOffice, it is available in versions that can be run from a flash/jump drive and you can use these same forums if you have difficulties with any of your current (and new) projects using LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice.
Realistically, unless you are a programmer that is willing to volunteer your time, there isn't much (if anything) that you can do to help keep OpenOffice viable.
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