OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

Reminder that OpenOffice isn’t really maintained anymore, and that you should use LibreOffice instead; most developers of the former are working on the later for several years now.

So it’s the same software, but more performant, with better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents, more secure, with more features and bug fixes, etc.

A lot of people and institutions haven’t made the switch yet, but you can spread the word!

libreoffice.org/

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OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@melunaka a true pity that OpenOffice hasn't seen a meaningful update since 2015. I'm among those who actually kept preferring and using OO for a good while even after Apache took over it, as I didn't like many of the design choices adopted by LibreOffice. I don't know why Windows users are so often completely unaware of LibreOffice and so frequently attached to the legacy of OpenOffice. Personally, I was using OO on OpenIndiana first and FreeBSD later on!

OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@melunaka the influx of Lotus Symphony developers from IBM in Apache OpenOffice (Lotus being another Office Suite I always endorsed), had turned AOO 4.x in a very good and reliable product. My go-to for quite some time, until it became progressively clear that the suite was suffering a slow-death, so I moved to LibreOffice.
LibreOffice with Writer2LaTeX and Zotero plugins is now my go-to.

OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@encelado hasn’t LibreOffice all the features of OpenOffice, tho? I mean there are several UI layouts available, for ex.

otherwise I just think most people don’t update their OpenOffice anyway, while Linux distros upgraded OpenOffice to LibreOffice…

OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@melunaka feature-wise, they used to be comparable untile LO ~5, but now LibreOffice is just much more capable. What I dislike of LibreOffice is mainly choices in menus, toolbars, defaults, button and element arrangement. I find the UI overall less intuitive, user-friendly, polished and more confusing and cluttered compared to what it used to be in OpenOffice, as well as Lotus and MS-Office. I think it has been improving steadily however.

OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@melunaka also, I don't know where you got info about LO being more performant that AOO, but my experience suggests it's the other way round: LO is very heavy on resources, even compared to commercial suites, slower than OO on legacy hardware and is generally burdened by painfully long startup times.

OpenOffice and LibreOffice 

@encelado I’ve read a lot of the changelogs during the last few years and in every release there was improvements in cleaning code and improving performance, but it’s also possible that LibreOffice followed the trend of slower apps because faster hardware as well

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