math "formulae" using libreoffice

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Nov 29 04:44:05 UTC 2013

On Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:27:01 +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> On 11/22/13 11:26, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:59:33 -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> >> 	I'l ck it out, thankee.  I have been wondering about the diff
> >> 	between openX and libreX {X == "office"} but  guessed that
> >> 	"open" was what the BSD's chose ...
> > No, they are two different products, maintained independently.
> > If I remember correctly, it started with StarOffice as the first
> > major office suite becoming a free product (I've been using
> > version 3.x and 4.0 of this), it was then "incorporated" by
> > Sun which later became OpenOffice. When Oracle bought and
> > (mostly) destroyed Sun, OpenOffice was one of the victims;
> > they added proprietary code and finally abandoned it. That
> > was the time when LibreOffice was forked. Today, LibreOffice
> > is _the_ office suite per se.
> Not to start a war, but it went StarOffice as a free product (up to 
> about 5 or 6, I think), then Sun made it a paid product and forked 
> OpenOffice as an open source alternative (good ole Sun); then Oracle got 
> involved and Libreoffice was forked with some of the original devs 
> walking with it and overhauling it in the process, and finally with 
> OpenOffice finally abandoned to the wolves by Oracle at a later date and 
> rescued by the Apache incubator project not so many years ago now.

That won't start a war, at least not from my side. :-)

I wasn't aware that Sun didn't continue the "tradition of free"
from the start. It's always nice to learn something about history.
So todays we're left with the decision "Apache OpenOffice vs.
TDF LibreOffice" (just mentioning the "big players", there's
still AbiWord, Gnumeric et al. as separate components)...

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