I have been an OpenOffice.org user for years because I flat out refuse to pay hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, nor do I bother with a hacked/cracked copy of MS Office because since OpenOffice.org exists, there’s really no point to running a ‘broken’ version of MSO to begin with.
If you used both suites at the same time, this is what you’d think:
"Okay… the branding and icons are different.. the menus are the same.. both use the same file formats.. um.. what’s the difference here?"
In a nutshell, none; there is absolutely no significant advantage either offers over the other.
Which should you go with?
The deciding factor on which you should go with completely depends on something that has absolutely nothing to do with the software’s functionality at all:
Do you hate Oracle (the company)?
If the answer is yes, you use LibreOffice. If no, OpenOffice.org.
Yes, it does get that stupid.
There are those who are already saying that LO will at some point extend beyond what OO can do because of more open community involvement with the development of its future releases. Depending on your point of view, that will either be the kiss of death for LO right out of the gate, or it will result in something wonderful.
As for which I go with, it’s OpenOffice.org because I don’t care what it’s called, who makes it or how it’s made. All I want the stupid thing to do is work so I can work. OpenOffice.org works; that’s what I use.
OO 3.3 works great, by the way.
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