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asked 2019-12-08 00:52:01 +0200

TexasIndian gravatar image

updated 2019-12-10 20:09:25 +0200

Albeit only $8, Amazon description narrative & review states by 'buying' you receive many extra features (??), also download is by "virus-free" cd.

** Truly appreciative of these world-wide responses...I am quite techno-inept, dangerously close to an idiot. So when I 'accidentally discovered' the many alternatives to overpriced MS Office subscriptions, I shopped Amazon and decided to: take a risk on unknown (to me) software...pick between two- Apache vs Libre...read both are FREE downloads!!...read reviews that said "Amazon's cd is virus-free-without risk of internet download" which is where my hesitation/caution/afore-mentioned ignorance generated query.

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What specifically you refer to (could you please provide a link)?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-12-08 00:53:25 +0200 )edit

And what is the question actually?

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-12-08 08:34:53 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-12-08 18:06:54 +0200

ProLogic gravatar image

updated 2019-12-08 18:20:40 +0200

I would rather download directly from www.libreoffice.org and give them a donation of $5 (well used) than "buying" $8 from any commercial company which might have put a trojan inside for commercial purpose and baiting you with "many extras features" which you will find for free as well on the internet and the official website (www.libreoffice.org), if "feature" means really something in that particular case.

On the libreoffice.org website you have many extensions https://extensions.libreoffice.org/ex... (features) as well as many templates https://extensions.libreoffice.org/te...

if you want to feel secured by "buying" give it to libreoffice, it's them who develop LO and your money will be used to improve it even more.


Donations to The Document Foundation are tax-deductible in several countries. https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/

And if you want a DVD version of libreoffice https://no.libreoffice.org/download/p...

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I just want to agree with @ProLogic.

Here is an overview of what LibreOffice can offer you directly:


Not to mention the great community.

Get LibreOffice directly and install it:


ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-12-09 08:54:11 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-12-08 15:07:29 +0200

Trevor Mallard gravatar image

From what I can see you would be paying for the convenience of having the software on a CD. You also get "some fonts and coupons" which are probably not worth much.

For me not worth it. I can burn my own CD for "convenience" ,,,

Agree with it being about trust. I have had zero problems with downloaded LibreOffice.

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answered 2019-12-08 09:36:30 +0200

keme gravatar image

updated 2019-12-09 06:46:50 +0200

It is mostly about trust.

Do you trust The Document Foundation to deliver software which works for your purposes and will not harm the functionality and integrity of your computer? I guess you do, or else you would not be asking the question in the first place.

Do you trust that Amazon entity to the same? Technically, they may have added programming (added functionality/reliability, security "hardening", but also potentially intrusive "trojans".) as well as additional material (templates, wizards), storage media to install from, and infrastructure (cloud storage, user support) to add value. Most likely they haven't. (Added value, that is.)

The claims to "free user support" usually means this site and forum.openoffice.org .

Do you trust that the added value (if any) is worth whatever payment they are asking?

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