Ubuntu drops OpenOffice for v11.04 in favour of LibreOffice

The Ubuntu developer team have said that Oracle’s OpenOffice (OOo) productivity suite of applications will not feature in the forthcoming Ubuntu 11.04 version still currently codenamed Natty Narwhal.

Ubuntu developer Matthias Klose used the official community mailing list this week to specify that the LibreOffice (LO) community fork will feature in the next ‘alpha’ version of Ubuntu scheduled for February this year.

“I had to cancel my skiing vacation because of an injury, and had a look at the
current OOo/LO situation for 11.04 instead,” wrote Klose. There is still a period of testing to be undertaken, but the packages being included look, “OK-ish for inclusion in Natty for alpha-2,” he said.

According to the LibreOffice website, this productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute.