Introduction

Last year, the Document Foundation forked OpenOffice, and created LibreOffice.

From Wikipedia:

LibreOffice is a free software office suite developed by The Document Foundation that is compatible with other major office suites and available on a variety of platforms. Its developers’ goal is to produce a vendor-independent office suite with ODF support and without any copyright assignment requirements. The name is a hybrid word with the first part Libre, which means free (as in freedom) in both Spanish and French, and the English word Office.

On 28 September 2010, some members of the OpenOffice.org Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation and made available a rebranded fork of OpenOffice.org, which they dubbed LibreOffice. The fork was created over fears that Oracle Corporation, after buying out the project’s former sponsor Sun Microsystems, would discontinue OpenOffice.org as it had done with OpenSolaris. It was hoped that the LibreOffice name would be provisional, as Oracle was invited to become a member of the Document Foundation, and was asked to donate the OpenOffice.org brand to the project

Arch Linux switching to LibreOffice

I’ve update my Arch Linux computer today, and I saw that Pacman decided to change (or at least offered me to) OpenOffice with LibreOffice.

Here’s what I got when issued the

pacman -Syu

command

:: Starting full system upgrade...
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-ct2n? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-diagram? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-hunart? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-nlpsolver? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-numbertext? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-oooblogger? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-pdfimport? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-presentation-minimizer? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-presenter-screen? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-report-builder? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-typo? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-watch-window? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-extension-wiki-publisher? [Y/n] y
:: Replace openoffice-base with extra/libreoffice-sdk? [Y/n] y
warning: proftpd: local (1.3.3-5) is newer than extra (1.3.3d-2)
resolving dependencies...

As you can see, I decided to go with the change, and now I’m officially using LibreOffice in my Arch Linux, I’m also running it in my Slackware computer.