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

"The release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 shows just how successful the project has been: pulling in developers from over 21 corporate affiliations, while avoiding undue influence which is the death-knell of true open source communities; building a solid and stable codebase, with significant improvement and enhancements over other variants; and, of course, creating a healthy, vibrant and diverse user and developer community," Jagielski added.

Outside reactions haven't been quite so cheerful, however.

'Does Anyone Care?'

"Apache OpenOffice 3.4 Arrives. Does Anyone Care?" was one headline greeting the new release, and similar sentiments could be heard in comment sections across the board.

To be sure, the new Apache OpenOffice 3.4 brings some key new things to the table, including faster startup, a speedier linear programming solver, an Apache Tomcat update, and much more.

But does any of it really matter, now that LibreOffice has been adopted so widely?

I'm not so sure. I think OpenOffice may have missed the boat, in fact--LibreOffice has moved on, and the community with it.

What's your take? Does OpenOffice still have a role to play?


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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