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Apache OpenOffice. Windows Users Dominate Downloads

Apache OpenOfficeFrom the 'I told you so' files:

When Apache OpenOffice 3.4 was released last week -- the first OpenOffice release under Apache - I *guessed* that it was likely a better fit for Windows and Mac users than for Linux users.

As it turns out, after a week of availability, that's exactly the case.

The Apache OpenOffice project today announced that after a week of availability they have had over 1 million downloads. Not a bad number, except for the fact that:

ONLY 2 PERCENT WERE ON LINUX.

87 percent of downloads were for Microsoft Windows and 11 percent for MacOS. Yes, I know, Linux users could potentially have downloaded OOo from a different repo as opposed to just getting it from Sourceforge. Still, the numbers are telling, OpenOffice is a great alternative for Windows and Mac users to the proprietarylock-in of Microsoft.

Linux users however, know better. They know that while OpenOffice is good software, LibreOffice is better. Time will tell if the Linux numbers improve for OpenOffice, but I strongly suspect they won't.

 

 

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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