My take is that LibreOffice like OpenOffice is an office suite chosen
primarily by home users, novelists and other self employed writers,
academics, very small businesses, and general fans of open source.
My mistake then. I didn't read deeply enough into the thread.
I still submit that none of these open source projects and their products
compete in the sense of meaningful market share. With MS-Office dominating
so thoroughly the only thing that makes sense is to build a shared sense
of opportunity, rather than bickering incessantly.
IBM Docs will be a component of the IBM Connections offering later this
year. I don't know how that looks like a competitor to LibreOffice. Lotus
Symphony was primarily offered to Lotus Notes customers in large
enterprise as a no charge entitlement. Integrated in this fashion, it
offers customers an alternative to MS-Office if they choose. We have no
evidence that these customers consider LibreOffice, so I don't think it's
fair to say we are in a sort of competition.
What matters most is to help end users understand the benefits of ODF as
their file format, and improve interoperability with the dominance of
I hope you can at least agree on this last point, if not the others.
Big corporations never even consider using such products because of a
lack of certain kinds of refinements. The lack of integration with MS
email products is an absolute deal breaker in many cases, as is the lack
on an adequate spell check dictionary, a good presentation program, and
a few other items. To most large businesses the price of MS-Office
products is insignificant compared to the inconvenience to them of doing
without some of its features.
I used OpenOffice, and now use LibreOffice (Writer only, I have no need
whatsoever for a spreadsheet etc.) because I just don't like Word.
There are a few things I would really like to see improved and/or
changed about Writer, but it still is the best word processor around, at
least for the needs of someone like me.
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