LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can get involved!
- Includes Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Math, and a PDF file creator
- Available in over 30 languages with more being added continually
- Simple-to-use yet powerful interface that is easy to personalize
- Compatible with all major competitors' file formats, easily import and export
- LibreOffice is supported by worldwide community
- Stable and functional product with roots going back 20 years and testing done by thousands of users and security experts
Since the fork, I have been using Open Office and Libre Office concurrently to see which one is better for me. Now the difference between the two is becoming bigger, it's clear that Libre Office wins it for me as the interface is better, causing better productivity. The Libre Office team has clearly some focus on usability. What I miss in both is a Project Management application which would suit a productivity suit excellent. Both should also improve the drawing application as these are mediocre, drawing charts should be much quicker than it is now.
This is a great project, i have been using it on windows/linux for the past years and even installing them on my parents/friends desktops and they get along with it instantly.
In general, it's a very good alternative office suite, but I experience performance issue in Version: 126.96.36.199, especially when I am dealing with languages other than English in the word processor, it lags in a noticable scale (on xubuntu 13.10). If I am typing only English, it works fine. I hope this issue would be solved :)
ask for one language installers.
I am really happy with Libre, I used openoffice for a few years, but my brother who knows Linux and does programming for them here in SA, suggested I try Libre, and I must admit, Libre is better, OpenOffice was great but there were a couple of issues I had with it, nothing major, just personal preferences, Libre makes it possible to apply my own personal preferences they way I like it. It also does a better job at saving in MS office format so that hubby that uses that one (it's a work related thing, otherwise he'd change too) can open my docs as I had set them up. I prefer to download from here though, another personal preferance thing, I'm not very fond of torrent, not that torrent is a problem either, it's really just a personal preference, and on their own site (Libre's), the only option to download it is through torrent. But I get most of my software from here anyway, so it works great for me to just get it here. I think it's great that Sourceforge has mirrors here for opensource software that aren't hosted here, it's a fantastic idea and a really a great help. 90% of my software I get from here, the other 10% are absolute windows must-haves, that I can not do without, and Linux hasn't been able to rectify YET, but I do believe that soon, it will be completely interchangable, and I'd be able to use an opensource version of my windows must-haves, and finally I'll be able to wave windows goodbye for good. You guys and gals that do this are absolutely amazing people, I don't need to meet you to know that, you have something that windows will never have, passion and purpose, that alone makes opensource a by far better product and by that alone, I absolutely without a doubt know, that one day soon, windows will become completely obsolete, because you all are constantly at it and bettering your software, you work together as well. Windows just wants to bring us new buggy versions and never fix the previous bugs, ugh! You all, are my hero's, thank you!