LibreOffice 5.2.0

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  1. Hack5190, Feb 27, 2016
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    LibreOffice officially requires a minimum of OS X 10.8 and a Intel processor. However multiple PPC versions through 5.2.0 are availble for download on the Oregon State University Open Source Lab website (http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/manulix/other/libreoffice/).

    There are other PPC files on this site, who knows what you might find. FYI: v5.2.0 is working smooth on my PowerBook G4 :)
     
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    Are you running the alpha? Why does an alpha appear to be the most recent version of this software if the developers have officially ended support? Just seems odd that support would end right after the release cycle ramps up. Or maybe not; I don't know.
     
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    Looking at the official LibreOffice Website (https://www.libreoffice.org) the project doesn't mention support has ended. Yes, I am running the alpha.
     
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    I'll stick with my Microsoft Office 2004 (the best Office ever for PPC). For some reason, and it's likely my fault, I could never get Open/Libre to work as nicely as MS Office.
     
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    I remember when I installed Libre Office in October 2015 under 10.4 PPC I noticed some confusion about the version numbers on Libre Offices own site (depending on which way you navigated through the site).

    I have version 4.0.6.2 for 10.4. - When I go to oldapps.com the latest version for 10.4 is 3.6.1 and 10.5 is 3.6.7 (having an additonal mark "RC1"). Latest version is noted as 4.3.0.

    Libre Office English page: version note for PPC missing https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/system-requirements/#Apple
    Libre Office German page: version note for PPC states 4.0.6 as last version https://de.libreoffice.org/get-help/system-requirements/
     
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    I'm running LibreOffice 4.0.6.2. It's still a bit slow on my PBG4 1.33MHz/1.25GB RAM.
    Are there any important advantages of version 5.2 over 4.x concerning speed or functions?
    I'd rather switch to Libre/OpenOffice (I still remember the old times of it's predecessor StarWriter in it's early days...) because of it's availability for Mac/Win/Linux.
    But to be honest: I'm more comfortable with Office2000(Win) and Office2004(Mac) just because I'm used to them and they are pretty fast. My first step for Office on any new machine is to set saving-options back to the "MS Office 97-03"-format to keep the maximum of compatibility (even to MacOS9 with Windows2001).
     
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    There really isn't much of a UI/function difference of the newer Libre PPC build, I'd go as far to say the "updated" release could be font/menu rendering tweaks, plug up any Java holes/bugs to the database function which IBM has been doing for OpenOffice. (I use Libre on Linux & BSD)

    OpenOffice hasn't really improved or changed much, last I heard/read the IBM fork(Symphony) was rolled into the OpenOffice source to aid in the removal of most of the Java dependencies(Java is only needed for Database), security holes and some ugly font rendering bugs. Hasn't been much going on since fall 2013/spring 2014, I sense much of the support has come from IBM.

    As much as I hate funding Microsoft, still have to deal with MS Office 2007/2010/2013 files which render like crap in OpenOffice/LibreOffice. Importing to Google Docs or OneDrive/OfficeOnline typically works if I'm not near/using a Mac but its a pain in the rear.
    One tip of advice Office Starter 2010 which was preloaded with many early Win7 PCs doesn't open some Word/Excel 2013 or 2016 files unless they were saved as a specific previous version so I'm guessing Microsoft is trying to sway users to upgrade. (Office Starter 2010 had a neat function to make a portable USB edition to use on any computer and works on Win10 too)
     
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    The LibreOffice website lists changes for each version. The best way to determine if the upgrade is worth it to you, is to try it. Good thing about LibreOffice is you can have multiple installs (in different locations) :)
     

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