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Hi :)
I wouldn't say that either is "best".  It entirely depends on situations and specific requirements. 

Both covers the large middle ground really well but each has it's niche areas where it's marginally 
better than the other.  

Apache OpenOffice develops more slowly so known bugs stay longer and fewer new surprises occur.  
So, once you find a bug there you can be fairly sure it will be in the next several releases.  That 
means AOO is "more stable".  One advantage with that is that if you know a work-around for some 
annoyance then that keeps working too.  

LO just fixes a lot of those problems but doing so might sometimes create new ones (which also then 
largely get fixed).  However, that does mean there might be some surprises.  To get around that LO 
actively develops 2 branches.  One "more stable" and the other with more new features.  

In both the 3rd digit in the version number is roughly the same as the "Service Pack" number in MS 
software, except that we go a lot higher.  

So i have most machines at work on a x.x.5 (ish) and wont install anything earlier than a x.x.3.  
My own 2  work machines keep leapfrogging each other but soemtimes return to a previous version or 
to the one installed on the other machines.  I keep meaning to test-drive the very earliest 
releases of new branches but rarely do and even if i do never find any problems because i just 
don't need anything even vaguely advanced.  

My dad now lives on  a boat which is often out of range of "the internet" so i would probably give 
him AOO, or an LO version such as "higher than x.x.5"

Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Kunwar Shivpal Singh <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Tuesday, 20 August 2013, 13:35
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LO Calc crashes

Thanks for putting all doubts to rest.

Shifted from MS Office to Open Office in 2010 & then a friend of mine 
suggested LO said better than OO.

Working on LO now since 2011 - 12. Never faced any problem till date. 
Few petty ones (to do with settings) which I could manage through help & 
minor adjustments.


Waiting for the next launch.


On 20-08-2013 17:07, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
LibreOffice develops so fast that by the time most other software 
would be releasing updates and patches LO is releasing a new version.  
The next version in the same branch tends to be just bug-fixes but in 
the newer branch you get bug-fixes and new features (although those 
new features may have introduced unexpected new problems or unearthed 
old ones that had previously been hidden.

So although you don't get a splattering of bug-fixes, patches and 
security patches you do get a very much smoother of the entire program.
Regards from
Tom :)

     *From:* Dave Barton <>
     *Cc:* Kunwar Shivpal Singh <>
     *Sent:* Tuesday, 20 August 2013, 11:39
     *Subject:* Re: [libreoffice-users] LO Calc crashes

     Please address any reply to the
     <> list, not
     directly to me. There are many knowledgeable subscribers to this list,
     who may be able to provide better answers than myself.

     My responses are given in-line with your original message.

     -------- Original Message --------
     From: Kunwar Shivpal Singh <
     To: Dave Barton < <>>
     Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:11:07 +0530
     > Thanks Dave,
     > but as already mentioned in my mail, I am just a user not very tech
     > savvy to understand all this. I feel it is ultimately users like me
     > who will count & are the final segment where LO has to be

     Other than being subscribed to this mailing list (see:, my status is no
     different to yours (ie. an ordinary user of the software).

     > I request if you could guide me on how to fix this problem.

     At this time there is no work-around (what you call "fix") for this
     issue, that I could suggest to you.

     > Went to the link given in your mail. From there to another which
     > fixed by Coalan Mcnamara, but could make head or tail of all that.

     The link to "Bugzilla" gave you, is where the project records and
     monitors software issues and RFE (Requests For Enhancement). Coalan is
     one of the project's leading developers and the "fixed" tag indicates
     that he has worked on and resolved this issue. After "peer review" the
     "fix" will be included in the next update/release of the software.

     > Does'nt Lo send updates to set such things right or anything which
     > ordinary users like me could download & install & that settles the
     > issue.
     > regards
     > Kr. Shivpal Singh

     Your closing commentary insinuates that project members (including the
     developers) do not care about us "ordinary users". Nothing could be
     further from the truth.

     Yes LO does provide updates and on a much more frequent and regular
     schedule than other similar software. What you need to understand is
     that the developers are resolving many issues (like this one) and
     improvements every day, and it would be impossible to update/release a
     new version every time a single issue was resolved.

     According to this page
     the next update/release (which should include the "fix" for your
     is due in a matter of days.


     > On 20-08-2013 00:24, Dave Barton wrote:
     >> Kunwar Shivpal Singh wrote:
     >>> Hi ALL
     >>> I am just a user & ardent fan of LO.
     >>> I came across a problem in LO - cant say whether its with my
     computer or
     >>> LO. Version i have is the latest 4.1.
     >>> Spelled check in Calc & the moment opted for the suggested
     >>> Calc crashed.
     >>> The file was recovered, tried the same thing again with the
     same result.
     >>> did this atleast 5 - 6 times with the same result - crash &
     >>> with the word not getting replaced.
     >>> Hope you can suggest the shortcomings in my computer if the
     problem is
     >>> due to this. If it is due to some shortcoming in LO request
     you to pls
     >>> fix it.
     >>> Thanks
     >>> Kr. Shivpal Singh
     >> It is a known issue. Please see:
     >> Regards
     >> Dave

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