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unsure if libreoffice will be around in 10-20 years... can anyone give some light on this issue? [closed]

asked 2019-07-07 22:03:09 +0200

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updated 2019-07-09 04:17:36 +0200

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i trade shares on the stockmarket, i have been between MS office and libreoffic, but am unsure if libreoffice will be around in 10-20 years... can anyone give some light on this issue? do i just buy MS office outright or will libre be around?

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Looking for the most simple form of use, part of the reason i am wanting to change is because of MS supposedly giving Political Correct checks on my documents...

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Please keep main question short.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2019-07-07 22:16:28 +0200 )edit

"Political Correct checks"? Can't say that the phrase makes any sense to me; but whatever that could be, if some software does the job for you, and it is worth its money, then there's nothing wrong in the change. Also possibly - just possibly - some clearer description could help others understand your actual issue. Putting two different and independent things - long-term predictions (but of course, we all know that about MS Office; the only question might arise about LO - sure sure!) and "Political Correct checks" - seems strange.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-07-08 07:56:57 +0200 )edit

Yes Political correct spell checks, as in supposed hate speech... it was longer but was edited

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 08:14:45 +0200 )edit


Questions/Answers remain for others who need same information to review.

@Mike Kaganski,

Regarding "Political Correct checks" see -> The old paperclip revisited with a twist.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2019-07-09 04:17:13 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-07-08 10:02:05 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


Some points of reference:

  • LibreOffice created (forked from in 2010.
  • was released in 2000 (goes straight back to StarOffice). So the legacy is therefore already 19 years old. (See wikipedia)

My opinion is that what should concern you is the durability of your data and not the software by which you access it.

  • LibreOffice uses the international ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument file format (ODF) as its native format.
  • LibreOffice file format is the same as and is also used by Calligra, Google Docs, Zoho...

Whatever the future of LibreOffice (and the above-mentioned facts, as well as our very large community around the world, make me very confident on this point) this format guarantees me reliable access to my data.


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ah Beauty, that is the answer i was looking for, much appreciated... i will cancel this question tomorrow... thank you PYS

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 10:07:03 +0200 )edit

Please don't cancel. It can everybody help.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-07-08 12:43:45 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-07-08 07:48:06 +0200

Well - since I'm just back from my Time Machine travel to the 20 years future, I can assure you that there has not been any global disaster that wiped out humanity from the planet's face; and I could see LibreOffice still there.... or wait, was it just some kind of magic crystal telling me that undoubtful truth from future? Ah no, of course I consulted my favorite fortune teller to know that!

Anyway: do you Really Seriously Believe that asking questions like "who can shed light to what happen in 10-20 years from today" has any sense?!

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ok mate, it is regard to what seems like other office type programs seem to go to the wayside... Apache for example... and i am not that up on all the tech, so i don't know how it works, whether the people making it all end up getting to retirement age and don't want to do anything with it anymore etc... my message says i trade shares, so i don't want recorded data that i have to reenter down the track to somewhere else

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 08:11:43 +0200 )edit

the question is in relation to people who have been around and if they see a pattern of free office suites starting up and then fading... is that too hard to comprehend?

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 08:24:47 +0200 )edit

... is that too hard to comprehend?

No, but you have the answer from @Mike Kaganski, nobody can look to the future.

But you can say LibreOffice is a great project. There are very many professionals and hundreds of volunteers at work. Everyone wants and wants LibreOffice to stay successful. Yes, and if it goes much more than 20 years. Everyone involved believes in it.

And there are millions of users.

This beautiful LibreOffice project is also dependent on donations and volunteers. So the better the more you participate.

That's why I ask you to become part of this great and great community. I say welcome.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-07-08 12:41:24 +0200 )edit

no, the answer from Mike is stupid... sounds like he hates his life and is taking it out on me... maybe he hates living in Russia

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 15:24:29 +0200 )edit

How can you want to judge another person without really knowing him? Who asks a question in the future or the future. Do not be surprised to get very different answers. @Mike Kaganski does not have to live in Russia just because he is Russian. I really appreciated him with his answers. And you think his answer here is more of a joke.

You do not have to put it on the gold scale.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-07-08 15:38:15 +0200 )edit

The question is for people who have an understanding in the field... yes it is a stretch to answer the question, but i know things in my life that i have spent years and years being involved in, and if someone was to ask, will this be relevant in the future, based on what i have seen over the previous times i can give an answer to the best of my knowledge, not some answer i would expect to find on a youtube comment section... and the reason i know this is because based on everyone else's helpful, reasonable and thoughtful answers, Mikes Answer sounds like he is having a bad day... i was about to buy MS office after Mikes comment, as i thought, if these are the people here then i'd rather deal with Microsoft, but after the other helpful answers, LO is worth being a ...(more)

ziken gravatar imageziken ( 2019-07-08 15:50:19 +0200 )edit

Heh, I see some irony in this lengthy discussion of my crimes :-)

First off, I feel obliged to mention that I'm sorry if my answer (and comment) has hurt OP. Not because I think I said something inappropriate, but because - well, it wasn't supposed to hurt.

Second, I need to say that re-reading the question, I feel that I misunderstood one part of it: namely:

part of the reason i am wanting to change is because of MS supposedly giving Political Correct checks on my documents

Possibly due to having poor language skills, but more likely because of missing explanation: I couldn't see in the phrase (or in previous text), from which software to which the "change" is meant; and also is the "Political Correct checks" deemed good or bad. So - mea culpa - I took one of the two possible explanations as granted, and drove conclusions from ...(more)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-07-09 04:00:46 +0200 )edit

Being a developer, I value precision in questions as much as in answers; and seeing a vague question, I suppose that teaching the questioner how to ask better questions is at least as important as providing answers. I think that "political correctness" of satirical answer is of less value than its educationsl payload: it's better if asker sees a satirical answer and asks themselves "what was not ideal in my question, and how could I improve", than telling others how they could do better in understanding not-so-ideal questions. And here, in that accent on "politial correctness", is the irony I mentioned above.

The last thing I wanted to add it the quote from Simon Tatham from UK: "All the most unclear reports come from native English speakers who assume that I will understand them even if they don't make any effort to be clear or precise".

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-07-09 04:01:04 +0200 )edit

By the way, be it a coincidence or not - but all the constructive responses here only appeared after OP has clarified the idea behind the question in response to my first answer ...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-07-09 04:03:27 +0200 )edit

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