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Apr 1 2013   2:14PM GMT

Technical change to open source is the easy part

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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The Document Foundation has released a white paper to help organisations migrate to LibreOffice.

According to the white paper, a migration to Free Software – and especially to LibreOffice – should follow a “carefully crafted” change management process, which needs to handle not only the technical aspects…

(which the foundation says are actually the easiest ones to cope with)

… but also the barriers met when breaking long-term working habits.

LibreOffice employs use of the ODF (Open Document Format).

ODF is a standard document format that is now claimed (by the Document Foundation) to enjoy support by the largest number of desktop software suites on the planet (including Microsoft Office).

NOTE: LibreOffice templates uses only free fonts available on every OS. These can be installed independently from any software package and thus foster interoperability between GNU/Linux, MacOS and Windows users as documents maintain their original layout on every platform.

According to a press statement, “LibreOffice offers the largest set of import filters for

proprietary document formats (including Microsoft Office, Publisher, Visio and Works, plus Corel Draw, Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPro, Quattro Pro and WordPerfect), and thus protects user investments in legacy applications, while providing a migration path to ODF.”

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(Above) LibreOffice running on Mac Apple OS X, works great on Windows 7 and Windows 8 too (Linux compatibility also not a problem)

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