The Hungarian Government is asking its public administration to move to open document standards (via The H). It is also asking its schools to move to open source office suites. While it is not explicitly specified this combination hints use of ODF and OpenOffice or LibreOffice. [Continue]
Finally! The Indian ITR Form 1 is now available in Open/LibreOffice format. Although this is not the end, this is a good start. [Continue]
Ian Skerrett defends OpenOffice incubating under Apache (via Sam Ruby). Just as The Document Foundation had the freedom to start Libreoffice by forking OpenOffice, because they found it difficult to work with Oracle, Oracle had the freedom to donate the OpenOffice code to Apache instead of The Document Foundation. Open source gives this freedom to them. [Continue]
Oracle has donated OpenOffice code to Apache. LibreOffice has shown some interest in working towards uniting the two projects. I hope it does happen.
Oracle seems to have given up its control over OpenOffice. LibreOffice has been going strong since it was forked and The Document Foundation seems to have a better governance model. OpenOffice merging into LibreOffice will be the best thing to come out of Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems.
Microsoft has posted a video of testimonials criticizing OpenOffice. I do believe that some users can have problems with OpenOffice because they think that it is a drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office, the same problem that has plagued Linux since its appearance. I use OpenOffice, as a different office suite with its own feature sets, like excellent support for ODF and one-click PDF export. [Continue]
OpenOffice is transforming into LibreOffice. The foundation aims at moving OpenOffice into the hands of an independent foundation instead of a business. This also works as a move to rescue software and the team after what Oracle did with software like Open Solaris and people like James Gosling. [Continue]
Ubuntu Netbook Edition has dropped OpenOffice in favour of Google Docs. One of my friends asked me if this was because a netbook’s resources were not enough for Ubuntu and OpenOffice. I doubt. [Continue]
OpenOfficeMouse (via Paul Mison) does appear strange. We are not used to seeing hardware built around specific applications. Nor are we used to seeing 18 buttons on a mouse, it is almost like keyboard on a mouse. [Continue]
My friend works with a local pharmaceutical firm. They used only one license of Microsoft Office on a single machine and everyone would remotely connect to that machine to use it. A while back, I had recommended OpenOffice as an alternative. [Continue]