Tom Davies wrote:
It's interesting that there has been almost no posts about articles such as this one.
There are some interesting stats that are very well presented in there and it's worth using to spread the word of how LibreOffice works.
For me one of the key things that no article seems to mention is that while many hefty companies are vanishing seemingly overnight it seems somewhat dangerous to rely on just one. It would be like not making back-ups of critical information!! If we can bear to think of LO and AOO as being similar enough that users can migrate from one to the other fairly easily and thus as being 2 prioducts supported by 1 community then that community is massive. Taken as being 1 product it is so robust that even if 1 or 2 companoes the size of IBM or Google (or RedHat or SUSE) were to simply vanish overnight then there would still be a good product out there. By sticking with MS people are risking everything they have by being so heavily dependant on just 1 company and that company is losing market share to mobile devices. Perhaps Win8 might help them recover the OS battle but it might not.
My primary goal is to reduce, or preferably eliminate, risk to my data.
I learned the hard way many years ago that depending on M$ and other
proprietary software suppliers was way too risky. I then decided to
switch to Open Source software and take back control of my computer. I
have never regretted that decision. Even if LO/AOO go away, there are
still other applications, such as Koffice, that will still allow me to
read/maintain my documents & data. And, if it comes down to it, I can
always unzip my LO/OO files and get the data from the file(s) inside.
That allows me to sleep at night.
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