From 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 OpenOffice.org Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation and made available a rebranded fork of OpenOffice.org, 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 OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org brand to the project.
Oracle rejected the project and demanded that all members of the OpenOffice.org Community Council involved with The Document Foundation step down from the Council, citing a conflict of interest.
LibreOffice 3.3 has some features not in OpenOffice.org 3.3 – these features are unlikely to be adopted in OpenOffice.org 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.
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 ?