OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice Release Candidates Duke It Out
Jan 23, 2011, 19:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)
"Oracle-owned OpenOffice.org and independent LibreOffice are
both nearing their freely available 3.3.0 versions and show their
wares with recent release candidates. Commercial OpenOffice.org 3.3
was released by Oracle last month at a licensing fee starting at
$49.95 for the Standard Edition, but has yet to release the freely
downloadable version for home and small business use. That version
has reached RC9, which is said to probably be the last development
release before final. On the other side of town, LibreOffice has
been releasing development versions as well with the latest being
RC3 on January 13, which is rumored to be its last before final as
well. LibreOffice has gained popular support probably primarily due
to breaking from Oracle control and ownership while offering
largely equal functionality.
"OpenOffice.org 3.3 RC9 didn't introduce any new features this
late in the game, but instead concentrated on bug fixes.
OpenOffice.org 3.3 will bring some nice new features since the 3.2
stable branch. Some include new free fonts that will make it more
compatible with Microsoft Office prepared documents, password
protection for some formats that were previously wanting, increased
Calc support for up to 1,048,576 rows and colored tabs..."