Openoffice or Libreoffice?

Darkyl wrote: 10/10/2018 at 9:57pm…

OpenOffice or LibreOffice?

Good morning

I’ve been programming for 20 years now, as a self-taught amateur.

I would like to make a program of management of company, estimate etc

All those currently available are very limited as for the possibilities of layout, graphics, etc

So for the moment, I make my estimates on excel or open office (yes, I hold very much with my very neat estimates 😉 )

4 years ago I had done an openoffice job, without programming (macro, just a blank quote with formulas everywhere), but I found it very unstable at the time, it often crashed and I lost a lot of work.

So I had come to manage with automatic backups but this had put into question the choice of openoffice.

Excel is perfect but I would like a free software or at least freeware.

I will now move on to macro programming (which I already used for a small project) for my idea of a quotation software, but is openoffice stable now? Is it always updated and what are the risks of stopping in the future?

I have already programmed in basic (on excel and openoffice) but this is the first time I’m going to build a serious project.

I’m rather pascal (started in 6eme
, delphi (in seconde), html / php / and javascript (+++) (in college) Here is for my life

I choose a spreadsheet for obvious questions of simplicity for calculations and tables, for the simplicity of the bdds (managed either from an annex sheet or by the pure bdds), and the management of the layout (cell size, image insertions, background etc) for printing.

The goal is that I have a first sheet (and the database if in the appendix sheet) and that the macros build my quote sheets as I go along.

Is LibreOffice competitive with openoffice and excel? (for my purpose)

Thank you for your answers, ideas and comments.


chrtophe wrote: 14/10/2018 at 10:11am


It is better to use LibreOffice, OpenOffice is a bit terminal.

As far as programming is concerned, I don’t know if it’s as successful as with the VBA as a matter of course. On the other hand you can program with several different languages (basic, Python, Javascript).

Bidouille wrote: 10/25/2018 at 11:43 AM


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OpenOffice is a bit terminal.

Please n’t make such unsubstantiated remarks.

OpenOffice only releases one version per year for stability reasons.

chrtophe wrote: 10/25/2018 at 9:47pm


I don’t think my comments are unfounded.

From 2011, due to the cessation of’s evolutions, the market share of this branch has rapidly decreased, especially in favor of the Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice daughter companies.

n January 2015, developers report a lack of active developers and code contributions. After several issues of uncorrected security breaches in 2015 and 2016, the project starts discussions in 2016 to consider a shutdown of AOO. Security holes in version 4.1.3, known since January 2017, are only fixed in October 2017 with version 4.1.4.

Bidouille wrote: 26/10/2018 at 4:51pm


Wikipedia is not a gospel word.

So it’s best to follow the news on the Apache developers’ mailing list.

In terms of market share, I don’t know what that means for free software.

The latest version 4.1.5, has been downloaded more than 10 million times in just 5 months.…s-10-millions/

chrtophe wrote: 10/26/2018 at 7:21pm


Wikipedia is not a gospel word.

True, but it will remain more neutral than a forum dedicated to OpenOffice as quoted.

It would have been interesting to contrast the number of downloads of LibreOffice. And out of the update release period (I don’t know if the number indicated corresponds to this or not).

Linux distributions have replaced OpenOffice with LibreOffice.

xdelatour wrote: 10/26/2018 at 9:03pm


Good evening,

There is a recent article on The Register that explains the situation of OpenOffice; basically: neither dead nor alive.

In addition to the lack of contributors, the source code is based on obsolete SDKs, so it’s progressing… very slowly.

I think OpenOffice is more stable than LibreOffice but the latter is still a bit ahead in terms of features and has also moved to 64 bits. In particular, LibreOffice integrates functions for importing (some) Publisher and Visio documents.

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