The End of OpenOffice ?


I’ve been a mostly happy OO user for the most part of the last decade (ever since my then employer – Sun acquired StarOffice) – it’s really been the only office application I’ve used consistently at home and at work and I’ve used it across many operating systems – Winders, many Linux variants and OS/X. I haven’t use the ‘other’ popular office suite for more than a decade.

But I have been grumbling more than usual lately about the various annoying bugs and inconsistencies and have moved a lot of my professional use to proprietary tools like OmniGraffle and Keynote. Even though I’d consider myself as an OO power user – OO is not just looking extremely dated but I find other tools on the Mac *way* more productive and that unfortunately trumps my desire to support Open Source.

I don’t think it will be long before I drop OO completely.

But maybe there’s a glimmer of hope. With Oracle’s takeover of the Open Office project (courtesy of Sun) and their clumsy handling of open source communities it seems there has been a mass defection from the Oracle controlled OO project to The Document Foundation. Maybe this is the kind of shake-up the OO needs – here’s hoping.

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