InfoWorld Compares OpenOffice 4.0 to LibreOffice 4.1

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2013 - 07:28 PM |
Tagged: OpenOffice, LibreOffice

A steaming hot cup of "Shut the Java Up" with your virtual paper.

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Alternatives to Microsoft Office exist and can be better solutions for some users. Google Docs receives a lot of attention for its free and compatible nature but, although it can be used offline, leaves room purely offline solutions. To say the least, I use it as a word processor only rarely. My day-to-day writing is done within LibreOffice despite the handful of bugs and, albeit increasingly rare, crash to desktops.

There was a time where it would crash three times per news post; now, it only crashes once every week or two.

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InfoWorld kept an eye on OpenOffice, the project which dawned LibreOffice after the Sun-set, as it reached its own 4.0 milestone. OpenOffice, now owned by Apache, is also working toward isolating and eradicating Java from its code. Both projects have been advancing steadily toward similar goals with C++ not being the least common detail. The reviewer, for what a numerical score is worth, decided that both projects are still identically rated across all categories.

In the end he seems to believe the two programs are separated by release ideology: OpenOffice is often more polished where LibreOffice is polished more often. In either case, both are free, so feel... free... to try them out if you are browsing for an office suite.

Source: InfoWorld

August 7, 2013 | 11:55 PM - Posted by aps (not verified)

Are you able to exchange/edit docs with MS Office users without problems?

August 8, 2013 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I have not experienced many problems at all. It is pretty good for me.

August 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Scott I liked your piece but felt bad you are having too many crashes. "crashes once every week or two"

We use LO & AOO on Windows & Linux (Ubuntu) & its very stable on both. I feel you should run your anti-virus & get system updates.

August 8, 2013 | 01:18 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

My machine is all up-to-date and, while no-one can ever guarantee their computer is virus-free, antivirus had nothing to report and, even still, I practice very good security measures. To say the least, I have little reason to be concerned about having a virus.

Now there could be some weird conflicts with stuff like DisplayFusion and so forth... but my Googling suggested random crashes to desktop are somewhat common in LibreOffice.

As for once every week or two... obviously not a strictly measured value. It could be once every week or two... maybe three... maybe four. It has certainly gotten much better than the launch of LibreOffice 4.0.

August 8, 2013 | 01:00 AM - Posted by ezjohny

My question is, say you have Libre Office,if you are filling out a application at and indeed has a part were you have to post your resume, copy/paste or upload or res, could you do it if you have Libre Office!

August 8, 2013 | 04:33 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Of course!

August 8, 2013 | 02:11 AM - Posted by kamlakar (not verified)

I use Open Office since it 1st version. it has completed 10 years. superb and fantastic. i have no problem since last 10 years.

August 8, 2013 | 03:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hay you open source maintainers, on your download websites you need to tell the users explicitly, if they need to uninstall the previous edition, before installing the new version! Most open source websites do not have very detailed download instructions, and users need to know, up front, if your installers remove previous additions automatically! Complete download instructions in HTML or TEXT format should be listed, and should be linked to on the same page that the download is offered from! Please list all files and folders that are created and installed on the users computer, and indicate which one can be removed after the software is installed, such as temp, extracted files, and any other installation files that are no longer needed after an install!

August 8, 2013 | 09:05 PM - Posted by Jon Pennington (not verified)

If only you could seamlessly edit documents with either of them locally and Google Docs on the road. No format translation, no import/export scripts. Until that happens automatically and by default, MS will still wring $99 per user per year out of small businesses.

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