Well, it looks like the first casualty in the Oracle takeover occurred. Open Office, the open source office suite, has been forked. The Document Foundation (http://www.documentfoundation.org/download/) decided to release Libre Office. They realize that Oracle now owns the OpenOffice trademark, so they wanted to bring a libre (free) version that will always remain free. With Oracle, we do not know where they will move with many of the Sun products, but I thought their one Q/A was interesting:
Q: And why are you calling the software “LibreOffice” instead of “OpenOffice.org”?
A: The OpenOffice.org trademark is owned by Oracle Corporation. Our hope is that Oracle will donate this to the Foundation, along with the other assets it holds in trust for the Community, in due course, once legal etc issues are resolved. However, we need to continue work in the meantime – hence “LibreOffice” (“free office”).
Anytime you ‘hope’ for something, fear enters the picture. LibreOffice has now been released as beta, so I decided to go ahead and replace my OpenOffice. Those of you not with production machines, I would suggest the same. As you can see, the UI looks exactly the same, except with the naming changes. I am sure things will now change, while even though they will not admit it, Open Office has now been forked.
So, how to install? Well, those on Windows, they have a nice download for you. I run Ubuntu at home, but visiting http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-libreoffice-in-ubuntu-using-deb-packages.html will provide you step by step directions for the Deb package. Quick install, and it works the same as OpenOffice.