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Hi :)
I thought it was a neat summary of the differences between LO and OOo.  It might need a bit of 
re-working if you want to use it is an intro to your page.  It's not exactly Wordsworth tho so i 
wouldn't create a whole new page for it!  I think a very very brief intro is the main thing that is 
missing from your page.  

Actually i don't think it's the differences that are important.  It's the similarities.  I think 
it's important for people to know that they can try one and if they don't like it then trying the 
other is easy and that there are other similar options if they don't like either of them.  It's 
only by trying one or the other that people gives people a better understanding of exactly what 
they are looking for.  

That is the biggest difference between LO&OOo and MS Office.  What if you kinda like MS Office but 
need something only a little different?  There is nothing.  Whereas around OOo&LO there is a whole 
eco-system a true market place of competing products.  Co-operative competition.  

I think that is more important than knowing the precise details of differences at any point in 
time.  However i still think that having a list is rather cool :)
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Wed, 14/3/12, Dotan Cohen <> wrote:

From: Dotan Cohen <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Differences between LibreOffice and OpenOffice
Date: Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, 19:13

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 17:00, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
I think it's probably worth just saying that OpenOffice develops a lot more slowly and is 
therefore "more stable".  Bugs go unfixed for longer.

Hi there! I have noticed the difference in the pace of development.
LibreOffice fixed my "pet bug" which had been open nearly a decade in
OpenOffice less than half a year after I posted it to the LO issue
tracker. That is a real dedication by the LO team, and that bug was a
showstopper for some labs that had tried to switch to OOo some years

LibreOffice develops faster, has more features, fixes bugs faster, supports more 3rd party 
formats better but occasionally has regressions which are usually fixed quite fast.

So, both have problems and advantages.  I think it's worth having an intro like that on a page 
like yours.  Keeping up with precise differences is going to be a nightmare because LO 
development is so fast.

Although the points that you make are in fact relevant to the LO/OOo
decision-making process, I do not believe that the "page of
differences" is the place to put them. Maybe I will write another page
sometime to help people make the decision between the two office


Dotan Cohen

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