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[digitaltrends] After 16 Years, OPENOFFICE Contemplates Retirement

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Looks like OpenOffice might be near the end of the road, according to an email thread started yesterday by the project’s vice president Dennis Hamilton.

The email thread, titled “What would OpenOffice retirement involve?” comes after years of developer attrition. Open source developers have been abandoning OpenOffice in favor of the more popular LibreOffice for a couple years now and it shows. OpenOffice hasn’t been updated since October 2015, and project leaders are getting worried about what that might mean for user security.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/open-office-retirement/

16 years had it been that long? I don't remember when I startee using it, but it was either a half-decent M$ Office replacement or illegal copy of M$ Office. biggrin.gif I went with the legal route.

I've tried Libre but it seemed unstable and prone to crashing a lot for some reason on my desktop (W 8.1 or 10). Any suggestion for replacement?
    
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I did like OpenOffice but recently it seems LibreOffice just got much more development time and started to become my favorite.

 

Takes some getting used to but it's all I use on Linux. MS Office is still my go-to on Windows though.

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Didn't even know openoffice was still around. Been using Libre exclusively for awhile now.
 
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Aww that sux, even though I havent updated it long time I still use it. Sad to see end of life of software whether it be end of life for end user decision or software developers decision.

Recently last day Palemoon end of life was created on my decision of not updating it any longer "removing google search engine over money" and end of life of sad to see leave is xfire game client.

I am on windows so I dont know if libre is even offered under windows. I will prob continue to use openoffice same version.

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Downloading latest version.
Edited by HITTI - 9/3/16 at 10:39am
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The only thing that keeps OpenOffice popular is the name brand. I remember in 2012 using LibreOffice and thinking the end of OpenOffice was nigh. The devs are really attached to it. One guy says in the mailing list,
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If we look at LibreOffice and compare:
LibreOffice, that is *good* (not more) software and *excellent* public relations.
OpenOffice, that is *exellent* software and *pretty bad* public relations.

I don't picture anyone outside of OpenOffice developers saying something like this.
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Aww that sux, even though I havent updated it long time I still use it. Sad to see end of life of software whether it be end of life for end user decision or software developers decision.

Recently last day Palemoon end of life was created on my decision of not updating it any longer "removing google search engine over money" and end of life of sad to see leave is xfire game client.

I am on windows so I dont know if libre is even offered under windows. I will prob continue to use openoffice same version.

LibreOffice is available on Windows. I remember it being available on Windows since at least 2012.
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It has been happening for 6 years now, ever since LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice in 2010 and with most Linux distros moving to LibreOffice in 2011.

Since it hasn't been updated since October of last year and with the lack of developers, in practice it's discontinued already.

There have been voices in the developer community asking them to direct OpenOffice users to LibreOffice for some time now, I wonder if they'll ever do that.
Edited by tpi2007 - 9/3/16 at 3:09pm
 
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Is LibreOffice a better alternative on Windows than OpenOffice now a days?
     
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post #8 of 39
OpenOffice hasn't been that great for a while. LibreOffice is what I usually use. Although actual MS Office is still a vastly superior product.
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You can't beat Excel, god darn it. Word is word, quirky and annoying to use. But Excel, o my sweet, sweet Excel.
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OpenOffice dropped off the radar the moment distros started shipping with LibreOffice instead. Personally, I like using Google Docs, but for advanced tasks, I have been unable to replace MS Word.

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