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Supposedly OpenOffice is not being supported much and LibreOffice is better, but I find the look of OpenOffice to be better. One little thing that bugs me about LibreOffice is the very large dropdownlist row size for the typeface selection, so I find that I'm not motivated to switch over. IDK, maybe I've been a user of OpenOffice so long that I am used to its quirks, especially the way that a matrix is selected when using the matrix functions.
I tried OpenOffice under Windows a while back (XP days, I think) and gave up pretty quickly when it kept crashing and doing weird things.
I currently have LibreOffice on my Ubuntu 16.04LTS machine, and am happy with it. I'm not pushing any limits on it, dealing mostly with stuff imported from the M$ world. For example, it ran a colleague's Powerpoints at a recent conference; the only issue was a missing font and the substitute wasn't quite right. (I haven't bothered to load up a pile of fonts, just the default set.)
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I have the same quandary with Access 2003. I still prefer to use it even though I have the newest version w/365. I just hate the layout and organization of the newer version! I've only had to deal with the OpenOffice Base once when my dad tried to use it for a small charity organization. I remember disliking it for some reason but that was a long time back!
I've been using LibreOffice for a while now - having switched from MSOffice - and it's pretty damn good! It's handled everything I've thrown at it, including a pile of Ami Pro / WordPro documents that Word wouldn't touch.
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We have used OpenOffice at home for years, but, we don't try to stress it either.
We use it for simple documents and spreadsheets mostly, but my wife did do a PowerPoint presentation with it and she was pleased with the results.
Can Libre Office even open Excel files that make use of them?
I have had no problems with LibreOffice opening Excel files or even saving files into older Excel file formats for coworkers using the older Office software. I actually use LibreOffice spreadsheets on a fairly regular basis and I find it handles data, especially database Datetime columns, far better than Excel does. I have columns that Excel refuses to format to anything other than what Excel deems it to be. LO just does what I tell it and off we go.
Use to run Open Office years ago but always had some issues. When I heard about Libre Office I gave it shot and stayed with it since the issues seemed to be gone. In fact, I installed it a work since it was better at rendering some of our 'old' word docs better than Word 2010.