2016-04-29 19:16 GMT+02:00 Tim---Kracked_P_P---webmaster <
On 04/29/2016 05:19 AM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 29.04.2016 um 03:30 schrieb James Knott:
On 04/28/2016 06:02 PM, Tim---Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
I chose LibreOffice over all of the forks out there.
Ummm... LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.
Your initial question was if there is more than a viewer for Android and
now you come up with issues of taste and branding.
It is the decision of those who actually do the work.
They may find the Apache license more attractive.
They may be familiar with the old code base but not with the forks.
The "stability" (lack of development) could be attractive too.
I started using OpenOffice.org before it had the ability to save .doc
files. I tried Oxygen Office and a few others over the years. When
LibreOffice came out in its first version, I switched and never looked
back. When Apache's version came out I did not switch.
Yes, my original question was about needing a package that has the editing
ability for ODF, but I have the LibreOffice viewer and wanted to use an
Android version of LibreOffice that does the editing. For whatever
reasons, I come to prefer LibreOffice's "brand", from the reasons for
creating this fork to the "community" developed around this fork.
I did download the suggested Android app and will look into using it. If
you do not have an external keyboard, you cannot use "landscape
orientation" and see what you are typing at the same time - or at least for
my tablet's display resolution.
Note - in my honest opinion[s]:
Someday, hopefully soon, our volunteer developers will produce an Android
app that will create and edit ODF and MSO file formats. Also, one day those
users of iOS devices will have a LO version to use as well. For me, I like
the idea that I could use the same "brand" of an office suite for every
device that I would use. Right now I use Linux and Windows 10 for
desktops/laptops, and Android for a tablet and a phone. Right now, MSO is
available for my laptops/desktops and my Android tablets. There are
Windows phones and Windows tablets, and MS wants to easily run their MSO on
all platforms. It seems that they are working on an easier way to run MS
packages on Linux than using Wine. I keep seeing references to this. SO,
I really like to see LibreOffice on all the common platforms - Linux,
Windows, Mac OSX, and one day Android and iOS.
If the Linux "hating" Microsoft is working with Linux developers to make
it easier to use MS packages on Linux, then maybe they realize that there
are a lot of users out there who prefer Linux - and maybe LibreOffice -
over MS's OS and packages. If MS is actively looking towards the Linux
user base to make MSO, and other Windows packages, usable on Linux so MS
could try to dominate the one market they have not been able to do so.
Right now, LibreOffice is the dominate [default] office package for most
Linux distros. I really hope it could be dominate in the Android market as
well - when LO has has its own editor ready.
I'm not sure that the LibreOffice people are looking for world domination.
They do a great job with this suite (even though I prefer Apache
OpenOffice, since LibreOffice sometimes destroys my spreadsheets and only
Apache OpenOffice seems to be able to repair them again…), but they don't
try to force you to use it. I have even seen people on this list
recommending unhappy users something else, sometimes even MS Office… So it
seems to be more like ”look what we did, feel welcome do use it if you want
to, and if it doesn't feel right for you, maybe you could try this or that
instead”, rather than ”we must double the user base until next year” or
And no, there is no LibreOffice for Android available yet. The best app yet
seems to be that AndrOpen Office app, but who knows what the future holds…
AndrOpen Office seems to be based on Apache OpenOffice, but as far as I
know, no Apache people are involved in that project, so it's kind of a
fork, just like LibreOffice.
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