Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: LibreOffice Beats Debut by a Whisker

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-02-02 Print this article Print
LibreOffice Beats Debut by a Whisker

LibreOffice Beats Debut by a Whisker

by P. J. Connolly
LibreOffice 3.3 is as polished as one might expect in a project that, for all of its novelty, has many years of development work backing it up. Any outfit that's looking for a solid toolset for users who don't require a lot of handholding, or integration with Microsoft's Office server applications, could do much worse than to choose it. For many users, this will have everything necessary in a desktop productivity suite, for an unbeatable price: free. The suite consists of the Writer word processor, the Calc spreadsheet, the Impress presentation creator and its associated Draw component, the Math equation editor, the Base database manager and a PDF creation tool. If some of those names seem familiar, they should; they come from the corresponding tools in But LibreOffice is more than just a badge-engineered version of A number of features are unique to LibreOffice, and that itself is significant, considering that the project has only existed for about four months.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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