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LibreOffice Going Online and Mobile 114

Posted by timothy
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itwbennett writes "News from the LibreOffice Conference in Paris is trickling out. Blogger Brian Proffitt has a roundup of the conference announcements thus far. Notably included are plans for a browser-based version of LibreOffice called LibreOffice Online; and ports of LibreOffice to the Android and iOS platforms."
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LibreOffice Going Online and Mobile

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  • by Zibodiz (2160038) on Friday October 14, 2011 @11:48PM (#37721914)
    Would that be hosted with cloud storage? If not, I'm not sure what the benefit would be. If it will be, then who will be carrying the tab?
    • by gman003 (1693318)

      If it's GPL, you can always just host it on your own server. Or maybe just run it on localhost - being run in a browser solves most of your platform-compatibility issues (assuming you don't give a shit about IE).

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Not true. With the GPL, you don't have any rights or access to the source code unless they distribute something to you. With a website, you may use the software, but there is no distribution. They need to release it under a truly FREE license (such as the AGPL) so that everyone will have access to the source code without distribution.
        • by g4b (956118)

          I think you all are missing the point here.

          You fear they do it to serve a closed version as a service. I don't see that scenario. Why? it is too expensive.

          What you see there is LO binary running on a server transmitting its looks through an engine which uses GTK internal redraws to transmit the changes to a client with websockets, which in turn has a canvas capturing input and an engine which knows how to draw the deltas into place. Funny nobody yet thought of doing that with VNC.

          Imagine a service where eve

      • by TechLA (2482532)
        That's bullshit. There's many open source software, especially security and crypto stuff, that only has open source client but they've never given away the server software. And it's fully within GPL license.
        • by itsdapead (734413)

          That's bullshit. There's many open source software, especially security and crypto stuff, that only has open source client but they've never given away the server software. And it's fully within GPL license.

          All true, but one would hope that the people behind LibreOffice would release the server-side code under some form of OS license.

          A good open-source online/collaborative office suite that let people run their own servers could be really, really useful - and addresses one of the main worries (Google Can Haz Ur Data) about cloud computing.

    • by ciantic (626550)

      I wouldn't worry about cloud service providers at this stage when the product doesn't even exist. Taken the fact how sucky the existing commercial office suites are it might be a while until it works... They should first develop it so that everyone can run it like in own servers etc?

      When it works (in words real meaning) there will be no shortage of cloud service providers, I'm sure.

    • by LWATCDR (28044)

      Simple, to make money. That isn't a dirty word folks. They can make money hosting services for companies that don't want run their own infrastructure. No different than all the ISPs around the planet that sell web hosting and entire websites that run on Apache, Linux, PHP, Perl and so on.
      That can support paying programers to make the software better. If they make the software available to under GPL as well so people can host it locally then no one has any room to complain about the concept.

    • by arielCo (995647)

      (Libre|Open)Office is well known to be a bit heavy for most office PCs. I'd be quite happy to move that load to a medium-sized server of my own, with the benefits that derive from shared libraries loaded once for all instances/threads, and that CPU load in a office app is impulsive so a few cores can serve a large number of seats.

      OTOH, I expect to lose some functionality in areas such as graphs, at least in not-quite-HTML5-compliant browsers. * looks at IE9 >_> *

  • This is exactly what they need. Otherwise, Google Docs and Office 365 might end up making LibreOffice irrelevent.
  • It's about time we get a real document app for mobiles. I'm surprised it took them this long to announce it, but I guess they've been busy with all the other drama. I hope the web version allows collaborative document creation/editing as well, otherwise, I don't really see the point of pursuing BOTH of these projects.

    • A developer got it to compile successfully, on different hardware. There are no intereface changes and the article makes it clear they are more targeting tablets anyway than mobile devices with really small specialised interefaces. It is techincally a "port" but that is misleading and suggests a lot more than has really happened.

  • by the_other_chewey (1119125) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @01:18AM (#37722174)
    "LibreOffice Online"... seriously? LOO?

    I assume it will be accessed via a series of pipes?
    • LibreOffice.org

      Now we go full circle ;)

    • by ukemike (956477)
      Why make fun of the acronym? The name itself sucks even more. Is it Lee-bray Office or Lee-burr Office? One is the sound a donkey makes, the other is what gets stuck in your socks when you walk through a bunch of weeds . At least when I told people to try Open Office I didn't have to apologize for the name.
      • by Teun (17872)
        When that's your opinion on the name LibreOffice then you suffer a serious lack of culture and language skills.

        English inherited even more than other European languages words and expressions from Latin and Libre is a widely understood example of such.

        • by itsdapead (734413)

          When that's your opinion on the name LibreOffice then you suffer a serious lack of culture and language skills.

          Sadly, when choosing a name for a product, if you want success you have to win the hearts and minds of people with small hearts and even smaller minds. Intellectually, Software Libre is a much better term than "Free Software" but out in the real world, "FreeOffice" would probably shift more copies than "LibreOffice".

          ...and its important to remember that, whether software is Free-as-in-speech or Free-as-in-beer, if you want impact you still have to market it as if it cost money.

        • by ukemike (956477)
          Well perhaps your high and mighty superiority complex needs a nice lecture on the history of the english language. How it has a few remnants of p-celt but is mostly a flavor of German that was brought to the island by the Angles and the Saxons during the 6th century. Much later, after the Norman invasion when most of the nobility was French speaking lots of new words were introduced into the language. This explains why we have two words for most sorts of meat (sheep/mutton cows/beef etc) and it also expl
          • I, for one, really enjoy that name. It really conveys the right feeling, as seems to be confirmed by the onslaught of the schills against it.

            Disclaimer : I'm a French programmer

          • by Teun (17872)
            I respect your opinion that Libre has a negative ring to you.

            But your writing doesn't match etymological facts. Of the languages based on Germanic grammar the English has with in excess of 50% by a good margin incorporated the most vocabulary of Latin origin.

      • Lee-bruh

    • "Where did you put that TPS report?"

      "It's in the LOO!"

      Reminds me of the time when we were naming our servers after planets, and I made the mistake of naming a file server Uranus. The jokes were going on for months.

    • by Megane (129182)
      I'm waiting for LuchaLibreOffice Online. Or would that be LuchaOfficeLibre?
  • by omnichad (1198475) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @08:03AM (#37723268) Homepage

    If you use proprietary Apple API's, I don't believe they allow you to release your source code. It wouldn't be open source. They would have to release that version closed source, which they can't do if they don't own the code.

  • Mobile Viewer (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Saturday October 15, 2011 @08:12AM (#37723300) Homepage
    While I would welcome an iOS version of LibreOffice some day, what I really want in the near future is a viewer for its native file formats.
  • I know I'm talking about kinda the reverse of this story.

    But is there a way to run all of Android in a browser? With apps embedded in it. So all of the apps I have installed on my Android phone I can also install on my (or someone else's) server. I'd just hit my webpage with Android and its apps embedded in the page, and use the same apps. I'd use apps that all save their state to a DB on my server (or through my server to a cloud). I could flip between phone and other machines at will.

    I could use "my phone

  • Can we get right now the LibreOffice components to run in Android apps we write?

    Embed Writer features like the text editing pane and file format import/export, and Calc features like Excel format formula calculation and at least .XLSX import/export.

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