Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: New OpenOffice.org Suite Uninspiring but Adequate
Aside from the debates over community control, it's difficult to come up with significant faults in the OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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). OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org, and replacing those will present a formidable obstacle.