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LibreOffice – free open source MS Office alternative hits the streets running


libreoffice small LibreOffice   free open source MS Office alternative hits the streets running

LibreOffice, the spin-off open source program from the old Open Office project (now uneasily chaperoned by Oracle since their purchase of Sun), has launched already, a scant few months after springing into life. For those who don’t know, this free office suite is a complete replacement for the Microsoft Office product, with word-processing, presentation, spreadsheet, drawing et al.

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The new program will be instantly familiar to anyone used to Open Office, file compatibility with MS Office remains solid and overall it’s a pleasure to use. The new software is clearly going to make a big impact on the whole open source ideology, and gives a clear warning to companies like Oracle and Microsoft that they mess with the open source community at their peril.

Expect to see a lot more of this product as big names such as Google, Novell and Red Hat are firmly behind this new initiative. Nice one!

 LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and 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.

 LibreOffice   free open source MS Office alternative hits the streets running

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • ziggie

    Excel is called what in Libre ?

    • http://www.redferret.net Nigel Powell

      LibreOffice Calc

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