Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: New Suite Uninspiring but Adequate

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-02-11 Print this article Print
New Suite Uninspiring but Adequate

New Suite Uninspiring but Adequate

by P. J. Connolly
Aside from the debates over community control, it's difficult to come up with significant faults in the suite. It's polished and rather user-friendly, runs on a wide range of platforms and is well-suited for any organization that doesn't want to commit itself to Microsoft's ecosystem. The improvements in 3.3 range from the mundane (as in the new search toolbar and overhauled print interface) to the exotic (such as the added locale options and developer features that include new grid-control types and the ability to extend database drivers). 3.3 is certainly adequate for most tasks; the challenge ahead for its supporters will be to find ways to make the suite stand out from its fraternal twin. In some ways, this may be impossible; The Document Foundation seems to have captured for LibreOffice most of the intellectual capital and coding talent that formerly contributed to, and replacing those will present a formidable obstacle.
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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