[arch-general] Dropping Oracle OpenOffice

Thomas Dziedzic gostrc at gmail.com
Mon Mar 7 17:39:21 EST 2011

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM, Squall Lionheart
<headmastersquall at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.


I've been following LO development for a couple weeks now and it is
really impressive.
There is a *ton* of legacy code and stupid things getting removed
because of how conservative openoffice development was.

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