Is it time to switch to LibreOffice? [Oracle dumps]

OpenOffice dropped by Oracle

“In a statement issued on Friday, Oracle announced that it intends to discontinue commercial development of the (OOo) office suite. The move comes several months after key members of the OOo community and a number of major corporate contributors forked OOo to create a vendor-neutral alternative.”

Is it time to switch to LibreOffice?

See the Oracle press release here.

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  1. Why do we never see OOo4Kids and OOoLigth mentionned in the forums ?

    See : and

    • I think most of the forums are geared towards their own products. The office suite has a couple of forums. As, too, does the LibreOffice project. NeoOffice has a paid forum that can be used for support. From what I see, OOo4kids and OOoLight may need to develop their own community or request a space on the forum to enable it to grow?

  2. Well, NeoOffice does NOT contribute back to, because of GPL license choice. EducOOo (OOo4Kids OOoLight ) alrea

  3. I totally have my head in the sand I guess; I never heard this news. OOo was one of my first (back when mozilla’s stand alone browser was still called firebird) open source experience. It will be sad to switch.

    Does anyone know if the process for hooking the db portion of the LibreOffice to mysql will work the same as in OOo?

    • Craig – I think that the DB interface with LibreOffice is slightly different. The options for this also depend on what platform you use (OS – Windows, Mac, or LInux?). Let me know and I’ll post my suggested solution.

  4. Sorry, I don’ really know what the difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice are. So what is LibreOffice?

    • LibreOffice is an offshoot of At the moment they are pretty similar. You can download a copy of LibreOffice here.

      In terms of the difference, it has been claimed that development has been held back by Oracle (who, until recently, owned the OOo project).

      If you check out this discussion thread, you can see some discussion on the differences between the features and the politics of vs. LibreOffice.

  5. I’m in Linux. The following is what I have done since Fedora1, and it’s always worked regardless of which flavor of Linux I’m using. I learned it while trying to make TinaPOS work, which was the early stage of what’s now the POS portion of OpenBravo. There might be a better way, but once I got it to work I never looked into other solutions. I think figuring this out took almost a week.

    I grabbed java (jdk something or other, not sure which version is out now) from sun’s site and a mysql connector. Both of these I stuck in /usr/local (with a link called /usr/java pointing to /usr/local/jdk/….) and then I set up openoffice.

    I haven’t done it for a while, (and actually have to this week because I wiped my box at work last week) but there’s something about firing up OO (doesn’t matter if it’s word processor, spreadsheet, etc) but I go to Tools –> Options –> java and pick the runtime environment. There’s a class path button that I click, then add a class path, and browse for the mysql-connector-java. I believe that’s the whole show, other than picking the right things when firing up OOBase (choosing the database, make sure I’m asked for a password, which server) This works fine on remote databases as well.

    I have never tried this process in windows.

  6. I did the ubuntu version of what you linked to. I had to uninstall openoffice, add a repo, and was able to get Libreoffice up and running. Were I on newer Ubuntu, it would have been less hassle, as Libreoffice is automatically in the repos. I’m on Lucid though.

    In addition to installing Libreoffice, I saw a mysql-connector and grabbed that while I was at it. I had absolutely no trouble hooking up to my database (once I realized I hadn’t actually set up the server yet — remember I wiped my box last week? 😛 )

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