It took me forever to learn how to do basic things like insert a XY chart in calc, just because the UI was confusing to me, and even after using it for a while I still keep forgetting which of the half dozen similarly styled icons I need to use to change the axis title of a chart, for example. Or the fact that to print off a spreadsheet in landscape, you don't do it through the print menu, you actually have to change the page formatting options.
I'm on version 6.0, so maybe this is fixed now, or maybe I'm just not very good at that kind of stuff, but it all seems pretty hard to use to me.
I'll play with the new LO before making the final decision, but I certainly agree that it has been a pain for some time.
I can use LibreOffice with little to no problem. Gimp, on the other hand...
I don't see a problem with this, it came out in 2010. They have send out free updates for it for 10 years. That is above and beyond in my book.
If you need to run software for longer than it is supported then you need to either need to negotiate a longer support contract, or be willing to live without support. I don’t think there is anything unreasonable about that.
If the demand for the product is still there, the software manufacturer should be forced to support it with at least basic security upgrades. We are just asking to build an entire infrastructure on a shaky foundation because of some ridiculous dogmatic ideology to technological progress. Progress is great, but maintaining is what makes the world go around, just check out the salary of an experienced COBOL programmer.
My wife has Office, so I'm going to self-host LibreOffice Online or ONLYOFFICE (whichever she prefers) instead of buying a subscription to Office 365. I hate paying a subscription for software, so I'll just make occasional donations to LO or something instead (unfortunately the pricing for both services seem to be aimed at corporations, not home users).
LibreOffice is indeed getting us closer to such a world; but at least where I work the office drones still need "the office" software to make sure they can open documents from other organizations... it's maddening.