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I like this news.
I think Google is among key factors here because it knows what Oracle has in mind (the patents from Sun, then suing Google, then preparing software that will hijack the current state of openoffice and Java etc etc).
So I'm sure this has been discussed "behind the scenes" by Google with Canonical and the likes and when enough open-source players teamed up with Google it was released not as Google's "coup" but as a "spontaneous movement" which key players happen to favour.
I don't ask anyone to believe this, I know it's easy to spell "conspiracy theory", "crazy" or the likes, please don't bother.
Oracle isn't livin' up to a FLOSS community member dream company. They've killed openSolaris already and no one can be certain that they would not proprietarize MySQL, VBox or OpenOffice.
I guess that developers that were working on OO for a decade have a better understanding of the situation and surroundings in which OO developement take place, so they have a very good reason to do this.
I wouldn't submit a two-liner piece of code to a project that could be sold in the future. Yes, LGPL blah blah, they can pack it with a stupid feature that they would charge for 100$ along with LGPL'ed code.
Along with proper support from companies like Novell, Google, Canonical etc that project could be OUR office suite of choice for the future.
People are trying to secure that OpenOffice and code that many of them wrote themselves stay free for our benefit, and you have a problem with that ?
koffice IMO. Doesn't quite have feature parity, but it is Qt and has some interesting UI concepts.
I love KOffice - at least since the move to Qt4. The UI is fantastic. It's disappointing that when Sun were looking for UI ideas from the community, they ignored all the submissions that would have made OO.o look and behave more like KOffice and instead opted to just create a 'ribbon', ala MS Office 2007.
The name is like "LabiaOffice", that's just awkward
Time to go back to MS Office 2010!
I'm not sure which of these two propositions are stupider.
"LibreOffice"... My God. As far as names go, this one is just awful. Ask non-English speakers to pronounce that.
Which, "non-English speakers", exactly? French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese? Hell, Latin permeates more than just the romance languages (and English); it's ubiquitous in science and medicine the world over. Using Latin is probably less problematic than just giving it an English name.
I sure hope that the name doesn't kill it. I swear, I am going to make a new Linux distribution some day, call it Door Linux (because Windows are for bugs and thieves) and I'll rename everything logically. OOo will be called The Office, GIMP will be called The Chimp (CHarming Image Manipulation Program) and Amarok will be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (It is easier for most people to say and remember). Neopuk and Akonadi won't even have names, and the Start button will say Menu.