The Document Foundation is set to release LibreOffice on 25 January. The LibreOffice initiative is a rival to OpenOffice. The group aims to create an open source office package independent of Oracle and Sun.
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The LibreOffice suite is available in 30 languages and supports all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva and Suse Linux).
Computer Weekly says...
Users of both Microsoft Office and OpenOffice will appreciate the appearance of a freely available and independent office suite as open source software. MS Office may have been the de facto standard for a generation or two of computer users, but today people are happy with anything that will read and write Office 2003 Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.
Some people find Microsoft Office 2010 far too complex. And while OpenOffice feels familiar and safe to others, there is a suspicion that Oracle has utterly messed the software up.