One of our posters asked about a free alternative to MS PowerPoint, and he selected OpenOffice (OO) as a great alternative.
I've used OO for years, and only recently used the new Libre Office. Looks and feels exactly the same. Of course.
Does someone have the good-skinny about Oracle's staking claim to OpenOffice but apparently LibreOffice's developers are all OO vets, and both claim good futures ahead. Any prognostications?
Is Oracle's Apache OpenOffice going to focus on Cloud and thus do battle with MS LIVE and Google Docs?
Is LibreOffice going to be our last standalone product that doesn't require constant subscriber fees or living in a coffeeshop? (Er, "always connected".)
I use GoogleDocs only because of their calendaring system, and that's been a long-time and ideal application for me. I don't like the ability to enlarge a spreadsheet past the point of "Too Large To Save", however. Do that twice, and NEVER AGAIN. Grrr. And off-line is so much faster anyway.
I live with word processors, spreadsheets, drawing and photo-editors. I'm sensitive about losing familiar and easy services from those products, so if anyone's ear is close to the ground and can give me forewarning, I'll warm up ye olde vats of oil to welcome Balmer and Larry Ellison, next time they visit.
"Oh sure, Hubby's downstairs... walk this way..."
If only I could get Marty Feldman for that one moment-! Life would be sooo sweet.