Why are the old StarOffice binary formats no longer supported by LibreOffice

Hi @pvaljak,

Please take a look at the answer to this question:

Note that if you are on a system with a package manager it appears that you might be able to install a specific package. On Ubuntu GNU/Linux, that package is:


The reason is OpenOffice/LibreOffice do not have a long term vision and you were “old, crufty, and have a very high complexity-use ratio (IOW, hardly ever used)” for choosing it instead of Microsoft or another professional platform.
You can not trust in a software that will be modified by a couple of programers unable to understand the concepts of confidence and reputation. You should stop using it since they gave the same answers when the email module were drooped and changed your files to MS Office formats which had never been unsupported.
Do not use any file format suggested by the OO/LO community because there are not proofs that such will work in the future to comply with the forensic laws about digital storage, nor even for historic records Instead suggest the SO support in Google docs.
It is indeed sad to see what Open Source is now, it is worst than the MS business model. Even Linux is bloatware. It would be nicer to explain the situation with a conspiracy theory than accept it was just the ignorance of a bunch of nerds without emotional intelligence.

ODF is a standard document format used today in MANY office suites. Migrating from old binary format to text based (XML) open format is a good option. This was the biggest vision by many users. You are wrong LibreOffice is not changing by couple of programmers, but it is changing by several hundred of developers. And NOTHING is implemented if it is not already defined in ODF standard. So this is not bad concept at all.

I do understand that enterprise environment is touchy about stability/compatibility/etc, but the world of computer environment is changing very fast and predicting the future is harder then ever. To avoid as much of the problems it is vise to use open STANDARD formats supported by MANY products.

" It is indeed sad to see what Open Source is now, it is worst than the MS business model." You got to be kidding… You are way too generalizing…

I partially understand your frustration, but in my experience the Microsoft Office file formats are the best example of obsoletion. Microsoft changed the Word file format with every release of Office, but have never issued a warning. (One might think this has been a MS tactic to make people and business pay for upgrades.)
File format migration, although it may hurt in the beginning because it takes some time, is part of digital preservation. You’ll feel better afterwards :slight_smile:

We need readability and reliability!

Sorry, you are totaly wrong. Someone is a grufty, because he wants using files, produced and stored 10 years ago?
I have a private libray, maybe 3000 books. Some are 100 years old or more. I can read them without problems.
But if i want read a file, 10 years old, im a grufty.

Obsolete! Throw all away what is older then 2 or 3 years, ex and hopp.
Sorry this is very stupid.
You are living today, without history, without future.
How old is LibreOffice or OpenOffice or even StarOffice? Nearly 15 years. How old is Computing, how old BookPrinting, how old is writing, how old the human culture? Throw it all away?

If libreoffice will continue this way, it will himself be thrown away, will exist not at all in 10 years. Such a philosophy is inhuman and stupid. A mankind without history has no future.

What we need is seriosity and reliability. Libreoffice dont want to be reliable? Ok, ciao LibreOffice.
But i hope there are some more intelligent and wise people, even between nerds. Not sdw-filter is obsolete, the elimination of sdw-filter is obsolete.

Sorry for my bad english. Greetings and all the best to the new year.
Konni Schmidt

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Sometimes the mistakes of the past (i.e., old, poorly crafted file formats like SDW) need to be discontinued in order to discourage bad practice. This is actually good practice. Comparing a book to a computer file format is a terrible analogy.