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    I just ditched Win 7 and MS Office 2007 and MS Office 2010. Have migrated to Win 10 Pro x64 version 2004 clean install on new hardware with 9th generation i3 and i5 processors: 2 different machines that were replaced with 2 new machines, hardware was a decade old in each machine.

    So, as you can tell from the title of this post, should I run Libre Office or Open Office as a replacement to MS Office? No, going back to MS Office isn’t an option at all…I’m not a fan of paying for an annual subscription to productivity software: Call me old fashioned if you will!

    I’d prefer a 64 bit installation if I can get it, if that matters to anyone.

    Thanks in advance!

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    • #2292881

      Libre Office is the better choice as it’s being actively updated.
      Open Office was bought by Apache and is not being developed as fast anymore.

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      • #2292891

        Libre Office is the better choice as it’s being actively updated.
        Open Office was bought by Apache and is not being developed as fast anymore.

        So I’ve noticed in browsing their sites in the last few minutes. Libre Office has 2 versions that have been released in the last month and a half (6.4.6 and 7.0) whereas Open Office has only had a single release (4.1.7) in late September of last year.

        I’ve also noticed that Open Office only has a 32 bit edition for Windows, whereas Libre Office has both a 32 and 64 bit edition for Windows. I even went looking on a couple of alternate download servers kept by the Open Office Foundation, but they only had a 32 bit edition for Windows.

        • #2292896

          Libre Office works like Linux.
          V6.4.6 it the LTS stable (long term support). v7 is the leading edge (try it out) development.

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      • #2292912

        I agree.

    • #2292945

      It is a matter of license. Open has one kind of license. Libre has another. While Libre might be “released more offen, as you should now know with 10, more does not mean better. Also Open is not a fork like libre is.

      Site to use to compare:

      Two reasons I like Open Office instead of the fork.

      One the kind of license.  Apache OpenOffice is more true Open Source. Libre can copy from Open but not the other way around.



      Two Apache Open Office is the original, not a fork and instead of just a group of people (known as the Document Foundation ” created by a large group of Free Software advocates” https://www.documentfoundation.org/behind it,  it has the Apache Foundation https://www.apache.org/.

      Also tell if this sounds familiar, Libre is preinstalled in many linuxs just like ls IE was preinstalled on all windows machines. If you wanted Apache Open Office, you need to download and install yourself, just like Netscape

      • #2294270

        > Open is not a fork like libre is.

        I thought both OpenOffice and LibreOffice traced their heritage back to the old StarOffice? If so, please explain more clearly what difference or distinction you’re trying to emphasize by calling OpenOffice “not a fork” and LibreOffice “the fork”.

        More importantly, though, please also explain why you feel that this particular difference or distinction should matter to an end user evaluating open source software options.

        Thank you.

    • #2292987

      LibreOffice V7 because you can easily work with people using MS Office.

      Better compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. DOCX now saves in native 2013/2016/2019 mode, instead of 2007 compatibility mode

      You may want to patch early as there will be a few bugs to iron out in the new version.

      cheers, Paul

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      • #2293226


        The Office 2K1X native compatibility is a very biggie, especially going forward! Thanks for bringing that to my attention…I missed that yesterday when I went looking at the sites for both suites, Libre and Open. What I did notice in my initial perusal of the sites for Open and Libre is mentioned in my initial response to PK, post number 2292891 above in this thread.

        Licensing for me is no real biggie as far as shifting documents back and forth between Open and Libre…I simply have no plans to do so right now, but I will be constantly trading documents back and forth with Office 2K1X users on a regular basis.

    • #2294279

      If you have the disk, why not continue to use Office 2007?



      • #2294304

        If you have the disk, why not continue to use Office 2007?

        OP here, and the answer is because it’s been out of support long enough that it’s very likely vulnerable to many of the exploits recently discovered for Office 2010-2016, but hasn’t gotten any security patches since October 2017, when MS finally sunsetted it for good.

        No security patches for that long nowadays is a recipe for infection, no matter how tight a ship you run. It just takes one small slip-up! I’m done walking that tight rope with Office 2007!

        • #2295585

          And if you patch your Office 2007 with all available patches? Last came on 7th Feb 2019. And 2007 was not bad product. I like 2010 more but still it could do the work.

          Dont be overwhelmed with the patching security madness that Microsoft is just using to scare people (my opinion, can be wrong). There are maybe more dangerous holes in the Office 365 too!

          If you want to go away from MS Office completely, I would recommend Libre Office, I create docs in in it and it has no (or very little) compatibility problems with other applications – my experience.

          Dell Latitude 3420, Intel Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz, 16GB RAM, W10 22H2 Enterprise

          HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

          PRUSA i3 MK3S+

    • #2302820

      I have Libre Office on my IMac.  It’s not working properly.  When I click on “save as” I keep getting the spinning ball and nothing happens.   I have version 6462 which I just reinstalled thinking that would solve the problem.  Clicking on most everything except creating a new document brings the spinning ball.  Any advice?  Thanks!

      • #2302823

        I’m running Libre Office 7.? on Catalina with no problems.
        In System Preferences under Security and Privacy, have you given Libre Office access to Documents (or wherever you are saving to)?

        • #2302828

          Thanks so much PKCano!  I went to System Preferences and had to give permission for files and folders in Libre Office.  Now works like a charm.  I’m much obliged to you as I would never have figured this out.

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