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Intel Joins LibreOffice 176

Posted by timothy
from the hardware-more-useful-with-software dept.
New submitter dgharmon writes "The month of February is a month to remember for the LibreOffice project. They formally incorporated the foundation in Berlin, released 3.5 with major changes and now Intel is joining the foundation as a member. Intel will also make available the LibreOffice for Windows from SUSE in Intel AppUp center. Intel AppUp Center is an online repository designed for Intel processor-based devices."
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Intel Joins LibreOffice

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  • windows only app up (Score:5, Informative)

    by vlm (69642) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @07:00PM (#39167219)

    Intel AppUp Center is an online repository designed for Intel processor-based devices.

    Minor correction; its a windows only app store. Does not perform the miracle of running the same executable on mac osx, all linux distros, and windows. Just windows thats all.

    libreoffice is available for all those platforms, just not available on the windows only appup

  • by Samantha Wright (1324923) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @07:15PM (#39167317) Homepage Journal

    s/IBM/Oracle/g;

    (Was that a bad troll, comparison, or brain failure?)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @07:23PM (#39167373)

    The Document Foundation has a really nice graphics explaining who does which work:
    http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2012/02/02/fosdem-preview/
    Looks like other companies plus volunteers are adding much more to LibreOffice now than Oracle contributed to OpenOffice.

  • by rubycodez (864176) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @07:47PM (#39167541)
    I don't know anyone that runs that shit, my windows loving and windows certified engineer friends couldn't get off that crap to win 7 fast enough. I have banking clients that standardized on vista long-term as part of their strategic plan, and made the unprecedented step of taking the effort to recertify all the apps for win 7, the vista suckage was so very hard and deep
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @07:59PM (#39167633)

    I have years of experience using OpenOffice ..... and I have the same problems he is having while used the garbage distribution. Then again, the problem really started on OOo 3.2

    You create a document with heavy formatting, save it, come back the next day to make changes and guess what happen? All the time you spent formating was a complete waste of time .... the document opens up all screwed up and unreadable. Both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are so crappy that they can't even re-open files produced with them, and saved in the native format.

    The worst part of LibreOffice is that the support for legacy documentation sucks worst than OpenOffice. And legacy means, old OpenOffice, WordPerferct and MS Office file. The distro with the stupid name is unable to open the files that the parent can without any problem.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @08:55PM (#39167943)

    SUN was the biggest contributor, but Oracle is doing jack all. Most of the community that were around in the Sun days are now on LibreOffice.

  • Actual press release (Score:5, Informative)

    by Zarmvenius (321933) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @09:00PM (#39167981) Homepage

    Here's the actual Document Foundation press release, without the adverts and typos:
    http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2012/02/23/the-document-foundation-announces-libreoffice-for-windows-from-suse-is-now-available-in-intel-appupsm-center/

  • by SplashMyBandit (1543257) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @09:17PM (#39168083)
    ... and MS Word does a better job with retaining perfect formatting from older versions of Word? not in my experience it doesn't! LibreOffice does a pretty good job of retaining formatting for ODF documents - this is the format you should be using and converting everything to, it is the true ISO standard for documents. If you are really worried about preserving presentation then use PDF, this is what everyone else on the Web does. Also use a good tool for doing documents, Acrobat is a good tool for professional documents - word processors are designed for lightweight tasks only (which is why they blow for making professional documents larger than a few dozen pages).
  • by causality (777677) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @09:22PM (#39168103)

    And yet, even after all this time, I still haven't seen anyone state a compelling reason as to why it's true. What did Microsoft do that was so "evil"? Please enlighten me.

    You're just as capable of brushing up on Microsoft's history since the late 1980s as I am. The gist of it would take only a few minutes of your time. Your participation here leads me to assume you are literate, so I refuse to spoon-feed you. If you can't be bothered to inform yourself about a topic that's not remotely obscure, then recuse yourself from this discussion like a respectable person.

    Meanwhile, Google is sniffing your wireless network as their cars drive by, making your address book public to promote Buzz, and changing their privacy policies to benefit their data-mining AFTER you have already signed up for various separate services. yet it's only Microsoft that is OMG SO EVIL THEY MUST DIE.

    Oh I see, you're using the most childish "logic" available: Entity X did something REALLY BAD, so anything bad that Entity Y does is A-OK!

    I didn't mention Google at all, neither positive nor negative, because Google was not being discussed. If you have a fixation on Google, it is yours. Look, if this is a religious conviction or article of faith for you, just say so. That's fine and you're entitled to it. Dressing it up like it's a rational argument is what makes you sound like a spoiled child.

  • by SplashMyBandit (1543257) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @09:23PM (#39168107)
    Nope. Microsoft Office is used because they made it the de-facto document standard with their ever-changing proproetary formats. How did it get to be so prevalent, well, for starters Microsoft was able to use undocumented functions to make Office run faster than its competitors. Plus, they had information about upcoming releases of the operating system well before any competitors had it - so that gave the Office team a good head start. The funny thing is that much of the Office functionality actually didn't come from Microsoft - the products were acquired and then integrated into the Office suite.
  • by symbolset (646467) * on Sunday February 26, 2012 @10:37PM (#39168483) Journal

    Not much surprise there. Intel contribute a lot of development effort to Linux. Android is the marketing name of a customised version of Java on Linux. Should not be a surprise that Intel went down this road. You are right, this is a good thing and I also hope they are successful with it.

    Android is not "a customized version of Java". Please avoid confusing people with this phrasing as Java is a trademark owned by Oracle and Oracle is trying to say that Android is Java when it's not so as to get billions of dollars out of Google and incidentally kill Android. The word "Java" by itself is taken to mean an operating environment similar to the Android operating environment, but they are separately sourced and not the same thing.

    Android is an operating system that uses the Linux kernel. It uses a virtual machine system called Dalvik which is incompatible with Java virtual machines and bytecode applications. Android runs programs typically written in the Java Programming Language (the free language specification, not the copyrighted operating environment) but these programs are compiled to Java operating environment-incompatible Davik bytecode and linked to non-Java Android libraries. Android uses certain public Application Programming Interfaces in common with Java, for the convenience and familiarity of developers.

    Android also runs native applications written in C, C++ and a number of other programming languages linked both against the Android libraries and other development libraries in the "Native Development Kit". Android has some similarities to Java, as Linux has some similarities to Unix - but Android is not, has never been, and will never be "Java" any more than Linux has ever been or ever will be "Unix".

  • by RubberMallet (2499906) on Monday February 27, 2012 @03:58AM (#39169981)

    Not anymore. You REALLY are behind the times. Oracle dropped OpenOffice.org and StarOffice in the middle of April 2011. They put the entire staff of the Hamburg Germany office (where 99% of the paid OOo developers worked) on paid leave until they sorted out the layoffs. The layoffs officially started around September 2011.

    During that same period, Oracle worked with the Apache Foundation to turn over the stewardship of OOo to Apache.... this has... not gone so well... mainly because almost all of the developers, previously paid and otherwise left to go work on LibreOffice. OOo development has stalled and stagnated, while LibreOffice development is going on at a rate that is far above what it saw when Sun was controlling things.

    As of now, there are zero paid OOo developers in the same sense as there were during the period when Sun Microsystems was around. There are a few people (like IBM employees) who are paid to work on OOo, but it's very minimal compared to how it was between 2000 and 2010.

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