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Open Office still viable?

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:05 pm
by skiptaylor
There's an interesting article at InfoWorld about changes Oracle has made to the Open Office suite. In particular, they've removed/crippled the module that allows read/write of Microsoft formats and require you to purchase a $90 module to replace it. Apparently there's a 100 unit minimum purchase.:eek:

I'm unsure of when this will or did take place, but it may start affecting operations with newer installs where the interoperability is important. It appears there may be a cheaper module that you may purchase for a lot less money and minimum quantity.

There's also an offshoot from OO called LibreOffice but not too up on that yet.

Edit: On closer reading, they may mean the object mentioned above is for the Microsoft Office suite and not OO.

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:26 pm
by russellhltn
avskip wrote:In particular, they've removed/crippled the module that allows read/write of Microsoft formats


That's not what I read from that article - what was removed was a plugin for MS Office users to read/write to OpenOffice's native format. I didn't even know such a plugin existed, much less used it.

At this point I think the product is the same as it ever was. What's news is there's a spat going on and we'll have to see where this goes.

Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:30 pm
by skiptaylor
RussellHltn wrote:That's not what I read from that article - what was removed was a plugin for MS Office users to read/write to OpenOffice's native format. I didn't even know such a plugin existed, much less used it.

At this point I think the product is the same as it ever was. What's news is there's a spat going on and we'll have to see where this goes.

Guess we'll have to see what they do with it.

Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:21 am
by jbh001
This FAQ explains how/why LibreOffice came into existence.

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:58 pm
by marianomarini
This means that it will be always free, even if Oracle change his mind about OpenOffice.