Can Apache OpenOffice still compete with LibreOffice?

OpenOffice finally gets a major update; but it might be too little, too late.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Open Source, LibreOffice, OpenOffice

It used to be that OpenOffice.org was the leading open source alternative to proprietary productivity suites like Microsoft Office, and it was included in pretty much all the major Linux distributions.

Then Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and OpenOffice fell onto hard times.

That, in turn, is what spawned the creation of LibreOffice; and I think it's fair to say that most users haven't looked back since.

Yes, Oracle ended up donating OpenOffice to the community via the Apache Software Foundation (ASF); and yes, IBM has thrown its support behind the effort.

Meanwhile, we've seen LibreOffice skyrocket to new heights with the support of Google and most major distributions even as funding pleas and quibbling have bogged down the OpenOffice side.

'A Daunting Task'

This week, the picture got even more complicated when Apache OpenOffice announced a long-awaited update.

"With the donation of OpenOffice.org to the ASF, the foundation, and especially the podling project, was given a daunting task: re-energize a community and transform OpenOffice from a codebase of unknown intellectual property heritage, to a vetted and Apache-licensed software suite," said Jim Jagielski, ASF president and an Apache OpenOffice project mentor, in the official announcement.


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