[arch-general] Dropping Oracle OpenOffice

Squall Lionheart headmastersquall at gmail.com
Mon Mar 7 13:13:52 EST 2011

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM, Andreas Radke <a.radke at arcor.de> wrote:

> LibreOffice has recently proved to be a solid replacement for Oracle
> OpenOffice. I'm about to drop all Oracle OOo packages from our repos.
> First my time is limited. I've asked so many times for help in the
> Office packaging area and nobody stepped in.
> Then there's the poor distribution support Oracle spends on the
> distributions. They almost do not care about custom distribution builds
> and their interest. They break the build against system libs
> every now and then and it takes ages to contact the relevant devs to
> fix their bugs. Development is only driven by the profit interests of
> Oracle... You can put in here all the arguments the Document foundation
> has given at its birth.
> So don't expect any efforts to fix bugs in Oracle packages anymore. As
> soon as they will break due to a .so name bump or something like this
> I'll remove all the packages from our repos if nobody else is willing
> to maintain them.
> Any objections to add
> "replaces=('openoffice-base') " to the next LibO pkg?
> -Andy

I am an OpenOffice user and as long as LibreOffice will provide the same (or
similar) experience, I'm game for the change.  Not a big Oracle fan and if I
can avoid their software on my computer, it would be preferred.

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