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    Default OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    About every linux distro out there comes with LibreOffice as default.
    However, I have found that OpenOffice (and certainly the new 4.0) handles Microsoft Office files better than Libre does.


    I could just remove Libre Office and install OpenOffice instead. However, I've read here and there that it is not recommended.
    And I probably wouldn't get automatic updates, right ?


    So, go ahead with this ?
    The reason I'm asking is for my wife. She really needs that MS Office compatibility and LibreOffice doesn't go far enough...

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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    Without wanting to start a debate on this: my experiences are the other way around, i.e. that Libreoffice handles the MS files better. And sometimes both won't do. I know there's people over here using a Windows VM just to run MS Office for certain documents.
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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    just remove libreoffice and install openoffice instead.
    read this for installing openoffice
    https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Doc...rg_on_Linux%3F

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    if you are using KDE4 . Libreoffice 4.2 integrates into the desktop now.
    ( NO!! hi-contrast icons any more in a black theme Happy - happy - joy - joy )

    i do not think this was fixed in OpenOffice yet



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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    if you are using KDE4 . Libreoffice 4.2 integrates into the desktop now.
    ( NO!! hi-contrast icons any more in a black theme Happy - happy - joy - joy )

    i do not think this was fixed in OpenOffice yet
    It has.

    I use Apache's OpenOffice instead of Libre, have been for awhile, and am pleased with it.

    I simply uninstalled ALL Libre components, downloaded the RPM from OpenOffice, and installed it. Important to follow the directions, though, referring to what components to install first and what components to install last.
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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    I guess if you download the rpm from the site, you'll have to manually update ?

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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    On 2014-04-09 12:36, DrMcKay wrote:
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    > I guess if you download the rpm from the site, you'll have to manually
    > update ?


    Yes, of course. As anything that is not supplied by the distribution.

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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcKay View Post
    I guess if you download the rpm from the site, you'll have to manually update ?
    It alerts you when there is an update. I believe it also applies the update, as do the Firefox & Thunderbird programs if you install the RPM from Mozilla instead of from the repos, but I cannot be certain, as it was awhile back that I had an OpenOffice update.
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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    On Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:46:02 GMT, DrMcKay
    <DrMcKay@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    >About every linux distro out there comes with LibreOffice as default.
    >However, I have found that OpenOffice (and certainly the new 4.0)
    >handles Microsoft Office files better than Libre does.
    >
    >
    >I could just remove Libre Office and install OpenOffice instead.
    >However, I've read here and there that it is not recommended.
    >And I probably wouldn't get automatic updates, right ?
    >
    >
    >So, go ahead with this ?
    >The reason I'm asking is for my wife. She really needs that MS Office
    >compatibility and LibreOffice doesn't go far enough...



    You might try Koffice, it had better compatibility back when i used it. I
    just dual boot and use MS office now. No current open product handles
    enough for my current needs.

    ?-)


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    Default Re: OpenOffice instead of LibreOffice

    Quote Originally Posted by josephkk View Post

    You might try Koffice, it had better compatibility back when i used it. I
    just dual boot and use MS office now. No current open product handles
    enough for my current needs.

    ?-)
    koffice isn't developed any more.
    It has been replaced by Calligra in KDE
    In my experience its compatibility with ms office formats is inferior to Libreoffice.

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