Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187663/openoffice-vs.-libreoffice-whats-the-difference-and-which-should-you-use/
OpenOffice.org was once the open-source office suite of choice, but it fractured into two separate projects — Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Never mind Oracle Open Office, which was actually a closed-source office suite and was discontinued.
The video mentioned at the end is absolute junk. The same thing could be said for MS Office 2007 with its radical change in UI. Yet in the video they say, "My employees are familiar with the interface in Microsoft Office 2007."
I think you might have mentioned the Java aspect of both these programs.
I'm downloading LibreOffice right now. Their requirements say Java is required for some but not most features, notably their database program. I can do without that for now. Apache just says a JRE is required for OpenOffice.
Since I won't let Java near my machines, I'll give LibreOffice a try. But I'm not uninstalling Office 2007 yet either. We'll see.
Thanks for the post. I had wondered why I had not received any OpenOffice updates lately. So I guess I will download LibreOffice and check it out. Yeah, I had been pushing OpenOffice to friends who swore by MS Office and in fact we were teaching OO at local Senior Center for some time. Not sure if they still are.
Options is a good thing -- and I think both LO and OO are excellent MS alternatives for most users. May I also suggest a third option: Kingosoft Office 2013 Free.
For those who require "Access" database, no need to read further. But if all you need are spreadsheets, word processing and "powerpoint" -- KO is just a small fraction of the size of either LO or OO, and it also opens up and works noticeably quicker. My own experience, I have found KO to be more faithful to MS formatting -- esp. with .ppt files. And Java not required.
KO 2013 Free does "everything" except for macros and VBA (for which you would need to pay for a full version). And for those who prefer "ribbons" versus old-style icon buttons -- all KO versions let you switch between the two. Options is a good thing.
KO provides a fantastic (and free) Android version as well. I wish I had known about KO before I paid the $15 for Documents to Go. Finally, KO also has a version for iPhones and iPads (haven't used those so no personal experience there).
Interesting how Kingsoft Office never gets included in these Microsoft Office replacement articles. I'd like to see some comparisons between Libre or Open Office and Kingsoft one day. I guess I gotta download Libre to check this out
I've used LibreOffice ever since the split when Oracle confused the OO picture. I'll stay with it on Linux at least for as long as the Apache license keeps OO taking advantage of code available from Libre.
Unfortunately, some collaborative projects I'm in requre accurate presentation of marked edits from multiple people, and MS Word still sets the standard for that. Libre is better than it used to be, but it still misses things that can totally confuse where a document stands. So I start a Win7 VM on Linux just to have Word's editing mark-up capabilities when I need it. Plus, the mark-up editing Libre does have is a nuisance to turn on.
This is a good article, HTG - it drills right down to the essentials, the way you generally do. I hadn't understood that OO was limited by its current Apache license before; it explains quite a lot I'd found puzzling about the relatively more advanced capabilities of Libre.
Now I guess I'm gonna try Kingsoft Office - I hadn't even heard of that before, so thanks also to ReadandShare for the pointer. There are other fast-loading, reasonably capable word processors (Abiword comes to mind) but Word compatibility is important to me and to a lot of others. It's just one of those facts of life, I guess.
I am one of the founders of the LibreOffice project. The independent foundation, which was announced with the LibreOffice fork on September 28, 2010, was in fact pre-announced by Sun in 2001 and then discussed during conferences starting from 2006 in Lyon. Sun acquisition was the trigger event, but the fork was in no way due only to it. The main reason was the community willing to become independent from a single company, and the fact that LibreOffice community gathered over 90% of the OOo community (only in Italy the OOo community has stayed with Apache OpenOffice) is a demosntration of that.
The only reason for the existence of Apache OpenOffice is IBM trying to keep the community away from the code, because IBM - as Sun and any other large company - does not like the community.
Just wondering.... i use KingSoft Office and would like to know what is your opinion on it. I have been using it for the past 1 1/2 years and quite pleased. It incorporates quit well with Microsoft Office applications so it's very compatible and never had any problems. Your review on OpenOffice & LibreOffice is very complete and extensive and i might try out LibreOffice even though i am accustomed to Kings software and lay-out. Hope to hear from you soon,
Thanks & have a nice day,
Open office takes forever to load.
Libre Office is much quicker.
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