It's been a little while since I've had a chance to write here. My new job role has been a little disruptive, but I'm hoping to balance it all out soon.
The big news has been that Apache OpenOffice 4.0 released. (If you don't count all the other big news that is going on—some of which is just unspeakably weird.) I'm actually very pleased to see this release. I was an OpenOffice user for years, and StarOffice before that. The mess that occurred was really disheartening and drove me to LibreOffice for personal use. I welcomed the move of OpenOffice into Apache, an organization that I think has had a good track record of caring for open-source projects and making them viable. (Remember how it all started with a web server that had the audacity to go up against the reigning champions?)
At this point I've done little more than install the thing, which was pretty straight-forward on my Ubuntu desktop, so this is not going to be any kind of a review. (I'm actually not really great at doing reviews because I've always had a habit of figuring out how to make things work, so I don't often look at them how they ought to be but just deal with them how they are.) I think that OpenOffice has its best chance of thriving in this environment and I think that having LibreOffice close on its heels will drive some innovation in ways that would not have been possible only competing with Microsoft Office. This could be very good.
Are any of you using OpenOffice? Any LibreOffice converts willing to give it another chance? I'm curious about your opinions and experiences.