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.”
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.