LibreOffice Continues to Grow

This is not actually news. They have been growing strongly for a while but they have a new update with plenty of bug-fixes and the growth continues. They have over 400 contributors and some are specializing in quality control which is a Good Thingtm.

Some statistics about LibreOffices's development

see The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 3.5.2

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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9 Responses to LibreOffice Continues to Grow

  1. aardvark says:

    Mr Oiaohm:

    “There are many things LO can do that MSO cannot do. Once is producing a to standard OOXML file or a ODF file. Yes MS Office cannot read or create a OOXML file to standard. Sad when it was Microsoft who wrote the standard.”

    Once again, proof, or it didn’t happen. This is getting slightly silly, isn’t it, Mr Oiaohm?

    Alternatively, let’s consider the way each office suite handles the opposing “open” formats.

    Mr Pogson has kindly provided us with an example where Libre cannot write out an OOXML file, but prefers to destroy the original. I assume you have an equivalent example of MS Office doing the same with an ODF file?

  2. oiaohm says:

    Phenom
    “But there is basically nothing in LO that MSO can’t do.”
    In fact this is false. There are many things LO can do that MSO cannot do. Once is producing a to standard OOXML file or a ODF file. Yes MS Office cannot read or create a OOXML file to standard. Sad when it was Microsoft who wrote the standard.

    Libreoffice is able to run as a service for conversion and operations on files without licensing restrictions.

    MSO does not run on Linux systems either. Only major competitor LibreOffice has on all its platforms is not MSO but SoftMaker Office. So in the market LibreOffice exists its quite good quality.

    Also Phenom to still be alive is an achievement in it self.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_office_suites

    The number of office suites that have died or on the path to dieing is a lot.

    Development on LO in 1 year equals the development of OpenOffice in 6 years.

  3. Phenom wrote, “there is not a single FLOSS content-creation application, for which there is no better commercial alternative”.

    In my experience Chrome, FireFox and LibreOffice are superior to M$’s browser and office suite. They work well and are easier to use. In case you didn’t know, this blog is produced mainly using Chrome browser, LibreOffice and a bit of GNU utilities on GNU/Linux, of course.

  4. kozmcrae says:

    Phenom said:

    “That’s the tragedy of LO, and the tragedy of FLOSS – there is not a single FLOSS content-creation application, for which there is no better commercial alternative.”

    Tragedy? I like your choice of words Phenom. If climate simulation can be considered “content creation” then FLOSS blows a big hole in your strained assertion. Microsoft is notably absent, for the most part, on super computers. That’s where the real work is done.

    Oh wait, I almost forgot about the real content providers, the movie industry. It’s practically built on Image Magic. There may be proprietary vendors who also offer packages that do the same thing as Image Magic but they have not become the industry standard that IM is.

  5. Phenom says:

    I am glad for you, Pogson, that you are satisfied with LO.

    Unfortunately for you, all these things one can achieve with MS Office, and some of them can be done better or easier, or both. Then come the features that LO misses. But there is basically nothing in LO that MSO can’t do. That’s the tragedy of LO, and the tragedy of FLOSS – there is not a single FLOSS content-creation application, for which there is no better commercial alternative.

  6. Phenom wrote, “The killer product of FLOSS has nothing that its competition lacks, and there is no backend that it can integrate with.”

    LibreOffice will do 90% of what I do beyond browsing. What more do you want? I can integrate LibreOffice with a web and database server. What more do you want?
    “With Base, you can seamlessly integrate your existing database structures into the other components of LibreOffice, or create an interface to use and administer your data as a stand-alone application. You can use imported and linked tables and queries from MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access and many other data sources, or design your own with Base, to build powerful front-ends with sophisticated forms, reports and views. Support is built-in or easily addable for a very wide range of database products, notably the standardly-provided HSQL, MySQL, Adabas D, Microsoft Access and PostgreSQL.”

    I have used the mail-merge feature of OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice is even better. I automated the insertion of marks and attendance in report cards. The work of integration took less time than doing it the old way and our school needed the facility multiple times per year… i.e. I needed less time to get my reports done and the whole school had the same benefit with no extra work. The integration took me a few days but generating reports took only a few minutes. I use Lyx for larger articles but LibreOffice is quite usable there, too. Your use of LibreOffice is only limited by your imagination.

  7. Phenom says:

    LibreOffice is a bright star in the world of FLOSS.

    That would be very sad for FLOSS. The killer product of FLOSS has nothing that its competition lacks, and there is no backend that it can integrate with.

  8. Amen. The copyright assignment was a problem with SUN. Another was that they essentially filtered all submissions and folks uninterested in corporate inertia (Who is?) were constantly annoyed. Issues like SVG were not dealt with for years. LibreOffice came along and BANG! it was done. Time from wishlist to done has been shortened to months instead of years. There’s one thing about productivity of human beings, encourage them and they work hard and are productive, discourage them and they slack off or run away and hide. It does no good to abuse people from whom you want help. The world needs a good office suite and can make its own.

  9. Kozmcrae says:

    LibreOffice is a bright star in the world of FLOSS. It’s really taken off since it was released from its corporate yoke. It just proves that a corporation doesn’t hold all the answers to the success of a project. In fact, it can hold it back.

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