LibreOffice: New AND Improved

OpenOffice.org had centralized control of the project in SUN/Oracle’s hands and they stifled the creativity of developers. Now that The Document Foundation is organizing things in a much more open fashion, developers are flocking in with good ideas:
“”LibreOffice is going to become a completely different product in time,” he said.
“For example we’ve completely changed the way icons are handed from Openoffice. That had duplication of icons, not a single, central icon repository. Our developers completely changed this.”
The development team, which has grown from 20 initial members to over 120, has now got the final download cut down to under 30MB, and has reconfigured the office applications around a more modular framework. It’ll be faster to load Vignoli promised, and a number of Java dependencies have also been removed, as they slowed the system down too much.”

see http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2077979/document-foundation-promises-enterprise-ready-libreoffice-august

Yes, indeed. The download for OpenOffice.org on that other OS is 137 MB without Java and 151 MB with. TDF has gone from 214 MB for 3.3.2 to 188 MB for 3.4.0. It looks like TFA has a miscommunication. I think it should read, “cut down by 30MB”. Whatever. LibreOffice works wonderfully well and is getting better, not bigger over time.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to LibreOffice: New AND Improved

  1. Tercio Martins says:

    @Robert Pogson: OpenOffice.org mantains many installers for various languages:

    http://download.openoffice.org/other.html

    On the other hand, the LibreOffice installer (in Windows) has one installer for all supported languages:

    http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

  2. Ray says:

    Please make it faster, please….

  3. Happy workers produce more and spend less time criticizing the PHBs at the water cooler/staffroom.

    I think the big difference is that the guys managing the whole affair actual listen to the developers. That is refreshing. Imagine some coder telling Ballmer that putting such-and-such feature into that other OS compromises security…

  4. Brian Page says:

    The zest these people are showing is refreshing.
    This is turning into a real feel-good story.

    Kudos to everyone involved with making the world a better place.

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