Am 10/15/2016 02:56 PM, schrieb

I was encouraged to leave my aoo forum post directly in the dev mailing list so 
that you all can read what I wanted to express. I am not a software developper 
in any sense--only a user.

Dear developers,
there may be little positive feedback for your work, I guess. So I created an 
account for the forum (and now subscribed temporarily to dev@aoo) to leave a 

The  first version I used must have been something like StarOffice 4.3, the  
first I owned was SO 5.2, and then I shifted to OpenOffice(.org) when it  
introduced the XML file formats. So I am a convinced and longterm user  since 
then and hardly ever regretted my decision.

OpenOffice  gave me the possibility to mostly do what I wanted to (with writer, 
 base, calc, impress and draw - in that historic order) in an efficient  way, 
and the only thing I don't like is, that it always tends towards following  MS 
Office although it already was better in many ways. I understand that it is  
crucial to get as many users as possible, so I acknowledge the decisions  
towards MS Office.

What I like most is the long term usability  and stability, and I do not only 
keep my office files from more than 10  years ago, I also use and re-use them. 
And if one crashed in the past, I nearly  always could recover them by opening 
the zip bundle with an (hex) editor.

By that, I  enjoyed the progress in LibreOffice, but didn't really need it. 
Although  I switched to LibreOffice on some machines, I am always glad that 
there  is OpenOffice, too. In my eyes, it is the more stable and efficient  
branch of the project. This year it was my fallback tool and salvation  in a 
book project that I started with LO Writer;   I first invested hours to get my 
pictures back to the place they  belonged to when they got more and more (as 
others did decades before  with MS Word) and then had to give up as it didn't 
open the file anymore  without crashing. Apache OpenOffice (standard and 
portable) solved the problem. It got a nice book, by  the way, for our church 

So if you get the software  maintained, I will probably continue to use 
OpenOffice for another 20  years. And I won't switch to DTP software (Scribus) 
for the next book  project neither like I regularly do for magazines, brochures 

OpenOffice is a great, great software, even if it didn't evolve much in the 
last years! (maybe even: because..)   Powerful enough for both private and 
standard business use.

Keep patience and persistance!

A very satisfied and content user

thank you very much for your many kind words. We are happy to have satisfied users like you. It's not often that we are seeing users with such a long history dedicated to OpenOffice and its previous applications.

Thanks again and much fun and success with the new release.


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