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Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice


I first ran into LibreOffice a while ago, when it was still in beta and I didn’t have much time to play with it. It has recently resurfaced and I have finally gotten around to installing it.

LibreOffice is an excellent example of open-source stability. Though I have only read superficial information, it seems that Oracle, after acquiring Sun and its vested interests in OpenOffice assets, has signaled that it intends to commercialize and/or terminate support for the project. LibreOffice is a open-source community¬† response to that. In open-source terminology it is a “fork” of the OpenOffice project. This means that a new group of passionate developers have taken the open-source software code from OpenOffice (which is perfectly legal and normative in the world of open-source licenses) and have begun to change, modify and extend it and offer it as a free open-source alternative under the name LibreOffice.

LibreOffice is still not available through the official Ubuntu repositories so installation requires a bit more effort. I found these installation instructions which are simple and seemed to have worked flawlessly.

… and again I find myself happy to move towards open-source and away from greedy capitalism.

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