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LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 5, 2012 13:39 UTC (Mon) by pboddie (guest, #50784)
In reply to: LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic) by tialaramex
Parent article: LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

The one thing that the LibreOffice developers should do on their Web site is to point out that their project is a variant of Apache OpenOffice or is at least related to it. Some people don't even realise this and think that LibreOffice is yet another office suite, with all the usual connotations that come with that idea, whereas people are already used to OpenOffice or at least the idea of having it installed on their systems.

I imagine that a mere mention of the "rival" product with trademark acknowledgement won't cause Apache's lawyers to see red unless the Apache Foundation really has sold out recently.


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LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 5, 2012 16:32 UTC (Mon) by shmget (subscriber, #58347) [Link]

" to point out that their project is a variant of Apache OpenOffice "

Apache OpenOffice started in June 2011, first release was May 2012....

LibreOffice started October 2010, first release January 2011.

both fork share a common extinct ancestor OpenOffice.org
but one cannot be a 'variant' of something that did not exist when it was created.

LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 5, 2012 21:50 UTC (Mon) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

I'll leave it up to other people to figure out the wording, but the message absolutely has to get across that LibreOffice is the new OpenOffice: if you knew about OpenOffice or "open office" or whatever the average person calls it, then LibreOffice is "the same thing but better", even if it isn't actually the same. The average person will just be confused by the details of the relationship between the two things, so those details should be relegated to the history/developer pages and Wikipedia.

Just get the message out!

LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 16, 2012 3:10 UTC (Fri) by steffen780 (guest, #68142) [Link]

That's how I explain it... OOo has been renamed to LO. Sometimes I mention that, effectively, megacorporate interests (IBM) have.. how do I put this without risk of being sued.. been given the trademark&domain under highly questionable circumstances, then proceeded to negligently (so gross it might as well have been intent) endanger users by failing to even mention that they have a critical security hole that has long been fixed in an LO release. And then accused LO of being at fault for AOO failing to monitor it's official security mailbox. Some people...

LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 16, 2012 8:18 UTC (Fri) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613) [Link]

I usually explain the split like this: OpenOffice was a cooperation between about 1000 corporations and unaffiliated individuals. When Oracle bought Sun, the largest contributor at approx. 25%, they essentially said "my way or the highway", so the remaining 999 left, but took the code with them and started LibreOffice instead. Since then LibreOffice have been getting about three times as much development compared to OpenOffice, so use LibreOffice instead...


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