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Hi Cor :)

LibreOffice has many advantages.  One is the fast-paced development cycle.

As with all projects there are advantages and disadvantages.

One of the few disadvantages with LibreOffice is it's lack of an official
LTS.  Hopefully people who have a strong need for an LTS are able to find
some compromise or an alternative.  There are options out there!  One is to
use OpenOffice but, as mentioned by other people, that carries a whole raft
of other problems.

My personal preference is to give my clients the "Still" branch or leave
them with an older version.  I've never had any problems with any of the
older versions.  It seems that about 1/year there is some security issue
but none of my clients have had any problems even with versions that are
years old.  On my own machine i try to use the "Fresh" branch in order to
try to find problems with it but again i seldom seem to find anything to
grumble about.

For me LibreOffice is perfect.  For my clients "Still" branch is best.

However when i am forced to use OpenOffice i am fairly happy with that

The only time i am really unhappy is when i have to go back and use
Microsoft Office.  Their UI changes too much in each release, it's too
heavy and slow, the resulting documents often need some tinkering to get
them up to standard, the format can't be used by other software or even
other versions of itself ... and the list of problems just goes on and on.
People who say they prefer it often ask me for advice on how to do even
quite simple things and i can usually show them but whatever their problem
the simplest answer is usually just to move away from MS Office!

For me the struggle is NOT us against OpenOffice (or KOffice, Caligra,
Gnome Office, Google-docs or others).  Each one has it's niche and covers
most of the middle ground extremely well too.  If all the rest of the
entire world used OpenOffice or one of the others then it'd be quite fine
with me as long as i was allowed to use LibreOffice = and it would be much
easier to collaborate with everyone else.  So for me the struggle is all of
us against the ones who focus on using proprietary formats.

For me, and i suspect quite a lot of the most vociferous detractors here,
the only real problem with LibreOffice is that it's sooo close to being
perfect but just misses by a frustratingly narrow margin.

Many regards from
Tom :)

On 11 October 2015 at 16:25, Cor Nouws <> wrote:

Alex Thurgood wrote on 11-10-15 15:06:

Agreed, but not, and I am expressing my own opinion, to the detriment of
dropping a software behaviour nuke on the users/admins.

I hope that, compared to functionality in other software and on other
devices, most changes will not be experienced as such :p
This of course apart from unwanted side effects.

Sure, but both of these focus on at least LO 4.4.8, from my reading of
their respective websites. That is not an "old" version, it is the
latest version from the Still branch.

Those offer multiple years support. Much longer than the say 9 months
life cycle of normal LibreOffice.



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