I have written several times about the advantages of OpenOffice and LibreOffice, two free alternatives to Microsoft Office. (See http://goo.gl/qtpYC3 for my most recent article about free replacement programs for Microsoft Office.) Now a volunteer vice president of OpenOffice says OpenOffice could be shut down if more developers can’t be recruited to support the project and keep the software secure. The immediate problem is that, according to Dennis E. Hamilton’s email, the team now consists of only about six core members and they are overwhelmed.
You can read the details in an article by David Z. Morris in the Fortune Magazine web site at http://fortune.com/2016/09/04/openoffice-possible-shutdown/.
I switched from OpenOffice to LibreOffice a long time ago simply because I like the LibreOffice user interface much more than the rather ancient-looking OpenOffice interface. Given today’s warning by Dennis E. Hamilton, I doubt if the OpenOffice user interface will ever be improved.
If you are looking for a powerful but free replacement for Microsoft Office, I will suggest you first read my article at http://goo.gl/qtpYC3 and then go to the LibreOffice web site at https://www.libreoffice.org.
This article was written in LibreOffice.