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Apparently, the LibreOffice is project set to release version 3.4 ... with these changes. I find it very WTF-worthy that …

Apparently, the LibreOffice is project set to release version 3.4 ... with these changes. I find it very WTF-worthy that these changes should amount to a whole new version instead of just 3.3.3 or something like that.


Ok, I'll play a fortune teller and say that, seeing the regressions in LibreOffice 3.3 compared to Oracle's OpenOffice (scrolling bugs, crashes), and how much of the features In LO 3.3 were actually developed by Oracle and just published by LO as their "new and improved version", I'll say that unfortunately, it looks to me like LibreOffice will degrade to practical unusability due to bugs or be mired in constant internal restructuring of code without actually developing useful features, within a year; two at most, unless it gets bought or heavily sponsored by a big company.

I just don't see how a big project like LO can be self-sustainable without a strong-hand influence when some other much smaller projects are having hard time keeping up being relevant.

I will also add that, for comparison of complexity, a project like the Apache httpd is much less complex than a project like OOo and that the cost of complexity in code is - complexity in the organization (I think it works the other way around, too). A developer structure which works for most Open source projects is not very much suitable for developing something like OOo.

I hope to be proven wrong.


#1 Re: LibreOffice 3.4? Why?

Added on 2011-05-16T03:05 by Just a Surfer

Ivoras, you might be correct in the long term, but in this case, pretty wrong.

You do know that the list you are referring to is a point-in-time snapshot of the "bug fixes" only right? It is a subset of the changelog.

#2 Re: LibreOffice 3.4? Why?

Added on 2011-05-16T15:05 by Ivan Voras
I suspected as much (that it is a temporary changelog list) but this is really no excuse as the list was not labeled so. And anyway, publishing several betas without a proper changelist for the users to test is a mistake in itself. In short: that is not the way to handle it.

#3 LibreOffice 3.4 is the beginning of time

Added on 2011-06-04T07:30 by LeMoyne
OK, not really - it is the beginning of a timed release schedule - it is a mark of doing it right. With alot of ongoing internal cleanup 3.4 will be just fine if it provides few new features with more stability.

#4 Re: LibreOffice 3.4 is the beginning of time

Added on 2011-06-05T20:45 by Fitoschido

What a pesimist!


Remember that LibO developers are not paid as Oracles’. Do you have tried 3.4? It’s awesome.

#5 Re: LibreOffice 3.4 is the beginning of time

Added on 2011-06-05T20:53 by Ivan Voras

So you are basically saying that free / open software is necessarily of lesser quality than the commercial variety because the developers are not payed enough, and that because of that the user must "forgive" the products when they have problems? If so, I can point you to many people which would gladly have this philosophical debate with you :) I on the other hand, just want it to work :)

#6 Re: LibreOffice 3.4 is the beginning of time

Added on 2011-06-29T11:53 by Raidmax

At least LibO is a free package, and usable enough for most users. If people don't like what the open source community offers you have the choice of buying software.

#7 Re: LibreOffice 3.4 is the beginning of time

Added on 2011-06-29T12:12 by Ivan Voras

/sarcasm/ Yes, exactly! You have the choice of either adapting to a broken open source product with suspect future or buying a quality, supported commercial product! /sarcasm/


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