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OpenOffice v. LibreOffice:
Any difference?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I have used Oracle’s OpenOffice software suite for several years now and found it to be an excellent substitute for Microsoft’s Office suite.

Let me hurry to add that I actually like MS Office a lot.  I think it’s the best thing that Microsoft makes; it’s even terrific on Macs.

But Office is also very expensive and mostly good in an organizational/work situation; if you want to write things at home, just for your purposes, or do any other kind of “office suite” things, OO is a very good program to have installed and use.

Now comes LibreOffice; it is open-source like OO, but is supposed to have a different licensing scheme.

What I can’t figure out is what else distinguishes these two?

The downloads for both are gi-normous (over 160Mb) and they both offer comparable tools.

So what, if anything, is the actual difference between OpenOffice and LibreOffice?

Does anybody know?

Care to share an opinion?