This is such an understatement that it borders on the absurd. OpenOffice is mostly abandoned and has had issues even marshaling the resources to get security fixes out as shown by a previous exploit that took 6 months for a patch. A quick glance at the source trees shows LibreOffice has somewhere between 40x and 100x the activity as OpenOffice.
The "pulse" for the last 30 days:
OpenOffice: Excluding merges, 3 authors have pushed 14 commits to trunk and 14 commits to all branches. On trunk, 42 files have changed and there have been 207 additions and 240 deletions.
LibreOffice: Excluding merges, 97 authors have pushed 1,509 commits to master and 2,042 commits to all branches. On master, 5,583 files have changed and there have been 60,123 additions and 519,150 deletions.
OpenOffice.org/StarOffice/Oracle_OOo/IBM_Symphony/Apache-OO have probably more users (despite being dead) because of brand recognition. Keeping these users hostage until none remains is the biggest FU they can do to the document foundation to have forked, so they did.
edit: Added the other brands OOo is known by
I assume long-term corporate support contracts play a large part, too.
But then something unexpected happened, LO rebased thousand of commits (a huge effort) on top of the IBM code dump. That allowed them to resolve copyright issues. But it also killed IBM attempt to revive OpenOffice. I think most support contracts went to SuSE(?) or Collabora, the entities that actually make money from those contracts as a business model instead of sponsoring OOo to save themselves money on MS Office licenses.
Aside from way better compatibility improvements with Office interfaces, there are stability fixes, we’ve done extensive document fuzzing, improvements to mail merge, updated our table styles, a huge improvement to our grammar checker, way better OpenPGP integration, a complete rewrite of the EMF+ filters (that has been a huge effort, and a much bigger impact in handling Office docs than you might realise)... the list is huge!
edit: I’ve been rate limited, no idea why (check my history for the last month if you don’t believe me...) so if you want info about the project from a contributor I sadly can’t provide info on HN till someone lifts the rate-limit.
It's true that your recent comment history has gotten better overall (although this thread itself is pretty borderline). We'll try taking the rate limit off your account for now. To avoid it kicking in again, please stick to civil and substantive comments only.
And how is this thread "borderline"? I explained some info on LibreOffice, as I'm a contributor!
Incidentally, this was on the front page only about an hour ago, and now it's on the third page. Curious how this came about?
I'll try to give you more of a response later when I have time. In the meantime, though, aggressively barraging us with emails is not helping.
I do not consider myself a power user, but I thank you nevertheless. I despise the ribbon bar. Okay, I have gotten used to it, but still. Thank you!
That is because LO actively uses a standardized and well documented document format while MSO created it's own that has dependencies that only MSO resolves.
Don't get me wrong, it's great that there is some open source alternative to MS Office. That being said, it felt like they gave up on improving MS Office compatibility at some point. I'm not talking about MS Publisher but the major three: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Their support of key features from those three hasn't noticeably improved in the last 10 years.
I've tried to use OpenOffice multiple times over the years. I always give up because files I receive from colleagues end up looking really bad.
Try LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice. There have been several MS Office compatibility enhancements in LibreOffice which are not present in OpenOffice.
I'll still use LibreOffice to open the odd attachment I get, but that's about it.
Perhaps a "fire and motion" strategy on Microsoft's part?
At this point, it's been long enough that the old formats aren't seen anywhere near as often as the x formats they replaced. Wonder if it'd be cost-effective to just drop support for doc and xsl and double down on docx and xlsx?