There is alway Google Docs! That is probably the same as "Google Drive Documents" in giving you
Cloud storage space that you can set various parts of to share with various different groups of
people or make open to anyone that happens to want to visit. Sadly they use the MS formats but
documents can still be read by LibreOffice. Unlike MS Office they use the a more generic
implementation of MS formats so documents can be read by all versions of MS Office and by
LibreOffice/OpenOffice and the rest. Similarly documents created using LibreOffice can be read by
all the rest too. It's only MS Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 365 that keep using non-standard
versions of their own format.
You might have been thinking of LibreOffice Portable which can supposedly be installed onto a Cloud
but i thought that was more for single users to be able to access all their own settings where-ever
they are and which machine or OS (as long as it's always a version of Windows) they are using.
I think most of us shudder a bit about sharing programs over the Cloud and prefer to have local
programs installed on local machines. Then bandwidth is only used up when sending or receiving
LibreOffice does allow people to "Track changes" so that when one person has finished doing their
edits they can then make it available for other people to see and make further changes or
accept/reject individual changes. Another option is to have a document that everyone can see and
download to make their own changes and then "Compare Documents" but that sort of workflow tends to
be a nightmare.
Our own documentation team has a "sign out" sheet so that people know who is working on which
chapters. Then a person just picks another chapter to work on. When a chapter has been completed
it gets signed in again and the person who made changes sends an email to the mailing list to
summarise the types of changes and "flag up" anything particularly weird they might have had to
deal with. The sign-out sheet is a wiki-page that anyone can edit.
Another route might be to set up a special "wiki"-pages but even then it tends to be 1 person at a
time that does the editing. It shows the "history" of a page so you can see who made which changes
and revert the page to a previous version if they made a right mess or were deliberate spammers.
You can see ours at
Another thing you might have seen is that you can read all sorts of documents within your
web-browser but you usually need to get an Add-on to allow you to do that. Without the add-on the
document simply gets downloaded properly. Within the web-browser you typically can't edit the
document but can read it or save it to your machine and then edit your local(=downloaded) copy.
There was a really flashy web-browser interface that would allow many multiple users to edit all at
the same time but that is not attracting as many devs as it needs so it's developing very slowly.
One of the advantages of OpenSource is that some of the money you save on licensing fees could be
used to pay a dev or some devs as employees to work on particular issues your company chooses to
work on. Taking rough figures
2,000 desktops x £100 (average license fee for an average MS Office bundle) = £200,000
One dev experienced in working with C++ might be £30,000 per year full time in wages but times 3
for overheads (heat,light,electricity) plus rent of office space. So, about half and that's for a
full-timer. If you think of a couple of part-timers (so they can bounce ideas off each other) then
you can think of considerably less. Perhaps 10% of the saving might be good to spend on employing
SuSE, Redhat, Google, Canonical, Oracle, IBM, various governments and many others do that sort of
thing for these sorts of projects. The work they do gets shared by everyone else but in return
they get work paid for by others or done by volunteers so they end up getting a LOT more than they
Just a few ideas! Hope something there helps you work out a way to get what you are looking for or
gives you other ideas of better work-flow!
Good luck and many regards from
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 15:28
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Question
Another chance would be GOOGLE DRIVE DOCUMENTS. They are quite simple too,
but user can have a cloud environment with a doc+spreadsheet available free
Mirosław Zalewski <email@example.com> ha scritto:
On 18/06/2013 at 12:02, Пузырев Алексей <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
We have a local network and over 2000 users. We consider software
LibreOffice Online, so that users can work with "*.odf" files via
web-browser. Will we be able to implement such LibreOffice Online.
No. LibreOffice web browser interface, which you probably refer
to, was proof-
of-concept quality. It's sole purpose was to show that something
like that is
possible. It could be nice toy for hacker, but is in no way suitable for
corporate environments. Deploying it for 2000 users would be a disaster.
You *might* have better lack with Open-Xchange, which has text documents
support since some time. It is very basic, though.
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