Mar 212011

libreofficeFrom today i’ve switched, on my Gentoo,from openoffice 3.2 to libreoffice 3.3 and for sure i’ve no regret.

If in the last 6 months you have been away from the net you could wonder what’s libreoffice:

On 28 September 2010, some members of the Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation and made available a rebranded fork of, which they dubbed LibreOffice. The fork was created over fears that Oracle Corporation, after buying out the project’s former sponsor Sun Microsystems, would discontinue as it had done with OpenSolaris. It was hoped that the LibreOffice name would be provisional, as Oracle was invited to become a member of the Document Foundation, and was asked to donate the brand to the project.

Oracle rejected the project and demanded that all members of the Community Council involved with The Document Foundation step down from the Council, citing a conflict of interest.

Version 3.3

LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta 1, which was based on the beta release of 3.3, was made available on 28 September 2010 – the day the Foundation was announced. The stable version of 3.3 was released on 25 January 2011. Because The Document Foundation sees LibreOffice as the continuation of, LibreOffice 3.3 uses the same version number as its upstream source.

LibreOffice 3.3 has some features not in 3.3 – these features are unlikely to be adopted in due to Oracle’s copyright assignment policies. Unique features include:

  • SVG image import.
  • Lotus Word Pro and MS Works import filters.
  • Improved WordPerfect import.
  • Dialog box for title pages.
  • Navigator lets one heading be unfolded as usual in a tree view.
  • “Experimental” mode that allows unfinished features to be tried by users.
  • Some bundled extensions, including Presenter View in Impress.
  • Colour-coded document icons.

In reviewing LibreOffice 3.3.0 stable on the day of its release, Ryan Paul of Ars Technica said, “It introduces a number of noteworthy new features and there are improvements throughout the included applications. More significantly, the release reflects the growing strength of the nascent LibreOffice project… The new features included in LibreOffice 3.3 improve the office suite’s feature set, usability, and interoperability with other formats. For example, it has improved support for importing documents from Lotus Word Pro and Microsoft Works. Another key new feature is the ability to import SVG content and edit SVG images in LibreOffice Draw.

Reference: Wikipedia

My next step is to make this change on my Ubuntu 10.10 where I’ll use a PPA to add this great software, in case you did not know exactly what a PPA is or how to use it, i suggest to read the excellent guide made ​​on the site OMGUbuntu that summed up as commands is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

So, what are your waiting for to switch on the libre side ?


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  2 Responses to “emerge libreoffice-bin”

  1. I’m currently an Arch user but I have some annoyances with it. How’s your experience on Gentoo?

    • I’m really satisfied on my gentoo Box.
      I used it on my former laptop from 2004 to 2008, after that i changed hardware and keep the distribution :).

      I like rolling release, and gentoo is really good in this, also there is a good number of packages and the help forum has a good community, i use it for my Work machine where i have less desktop application or multimedia software.

      At home for these things i’ve an Ubuntu 10.10 and a Debian 6.

      Anyway ARch is also anotehr distro i’d like to try in the future.

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