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Cloud Version of OpenOffice In the Works

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  • who will host it? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lister king of smeg (2481612) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @01:17PM (#41920239)

    Will this be something you host or that they host. I would like it if I could host a open office cloud server on my own metal. If it is simply hosted on their server farm I may as well use google docs or desktop based open/libre office(.org). Also will it feature plug-ins? A cryptography plug-in that makes use of client side double public key encryption with collaborative editing would be great. For that matter will it have collaborative editing, or a git like document versioning for multiple editors? If so will it allow collaborative work between the cloud version a desktop version? This could be very useful or just something else I never use.

    • by yog (19073) * on Thursday November 08, 2012 @02:10PM (#41921245) Homepage Journal

      Since it's open source software, currently part of Apache, wouldn't the "cloud" portion of it also be open source? Then you could just download it and have a local OOo server on your LAN. I would love that ability.

      • by wed128 (722152)

        I agree, this would be the "Killer App". I'd love to run openoffice on the server, and not have to install and patch it on every machine in my house. It's a pig, but it's better then the alternative...

        • I agree, this would be the "Killer App". I'd love to run openoffice on the server, and not have to install and patch it on every machine in my house. It's a pig, but it's better then the alternative...

          YES!!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    502 Bad Gateway.

    Better replace this Apache 2.0.63 with a Nginx due to the heavy traffic to this blogpost. :P

    • by Anonymous Coward

      what makes nginx better than apache?

    • by jimjag (68949)

      Actually, the error message means that Apache 2.0.63 is working fine; it's the backend, which is likely running Tomcat, which is having problems... and that could be for various reasons.

  • LibreOffice Online (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    LibreOffice will be doing something similar:
    http://www.muktware.com/news/3509/libreoffice-online-will-be-real-competitor-microsoft-office-365#.UJvrD281nK4

  • by serviscope_minor (664417) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @01:31PM (#41920447) Journal

    Since they're using OpenOffice as a back end anyway, what would be really awesome is if the desktop version could connect to the cloud service as well, so one wouldn't have to only use a not quite right browser based version if you had it installed, and it would have proper access to local files, and would use far fewer resources because nothing can hog up a CPU like a web browser.

    You know, like an native app. But on a real computer. Perhaps we could call it an application. Or just program.

    RTFA? It's slashdotted :(

    • by Darinbob (1142669)

      It would also be nice if you could store the documents locally as well, just in case the network goes down or you're at gramma's with her lame DSL.

  • by Andy Prough (2730467) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @01:37PM (#41920581)
    How long has an online version of OOo or LO been "in the works"? Maybe ten years? Show me a stinking beta, and quit showing me stinking press releases.
    • by thebiss (164488)

      Hardly vaporware: The IBM Lotus team has a very stable beta of "IBM docs" online on the web in their lab. I literally use it every day.

      Public information at https://greenhouse.lotus.com/wpsgh/wcm/connect/ghcontent/lotus+greenhouse+next+site/home/labs/ibm+docs+ [lotus.com]

    • by nzac (1822298)

      Its a tougher sell to put LO on the cloud. With no licensing costs you can just install it locally.
      I would be far more excited by a mobile version.

      • Its a tougher sell to put LO on the cloud. With no licensing costs you can just install it locally. I would be far more excited by a mobile version.

        http://spoon.net/ [spoon.net]. They've got a plugin that you can install on a Windows computer to run cloud versions of a bunch of free desktop apps. Worked pretty good on one machine for me today. But you are right - it needs to work on Mobile - Android, iOS, etc...

        • by nzac (1822298)

          There is a portable version [libreoffice.org] (have not tried it) or installer that's about 200MB or less.
          I think most people would prefer to use a cloud storage app and run it locally.

          They got it working with broadway (gtk app to webpage) a while back so if you really want it its possible to do it yourself.

          • that is still a pc port though not a phone or tablet version. the portable one you linked to is meant to be installed on a USB drive and moved between PC's. So portable but not mobile.

  • Let me guess... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by acariquara (753971) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @01:44PM (#41920701) Journal

    It will load sloooooooooooowly, look like the rich text editor Hotmail had in 2003 and require Java(tm) even though it's HTML5 based? /ducks

  • by jest3r (458429) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @01:56PM (#41920935)

    Why would you use a hosted Office solution in a business environment when you give up ownership of the content you create using such systems because the content is saved onto the cloud?

    Lets say I use a hosted office solution to write a book. It saves by book onto the cloud. Who owns it?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You, duh.

    • I would hope with OpenOffice being open source that they would release the server side part as well.
    • Is this a response to Microsoft Office going cloud and subscription based ?
    • I think the first hosted services company that actually takes someone's intellectual property like a book and publishes it themselves will be about the last thing that hosted services company does.

      While I agree there are issues such as no legal warrant is necessary to access hosted cloud content, most companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are going to make damn sure they do not piss off corporate entities by doing something stupid like stealing their intellectual property through their cloud services.

  • by yog (19073) * on Thursday November 08, 2012 @02:13PM (#41921335) Homepage Journal

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do we still have the split between Open* and Libre*? Now that OpenOffice has been handed off from Oracle to Apache Foundation, isn't it equally open source again? So ideally, the best ideas of both packages should be merged into one product and then the top talent can be applied to improving it.

    I notice LibreOffice is also talking about an online version. To me, this seems like a lot of redundant effort.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 08, 2012 @02:20PM (#41921437)

      LibreOffice is where the real action is. They even import bug fixes from Apache Office if there are any not yet fixed in LibreOffice yet. Though activity at Apache seems really slow, so it isn't much work. So technically you can consider them merged in the LibreOffice code base. LibreOffice has much more features than Apache Office and Apache Office doesn't have any features not in LibreOffice.

    • by muuh-gnu (894733)

      > should be merged into one product

      Which one? And whois going to get the last word on decisions?

      > isn't it equally open source again?

      Open source does not imply that there somehoiw should be only one application of its kind.

      On the contrary, isnt having forks the whole point of open source?

      Asking why OpenOffice and LibreOffice should coexist is like asking why OSX and Windows should coexist, or why Linux and FreeBSD should coexist.

      • by wed128 (722152)

        Or why EGCS and GCC coexist...

        They should handle this the same way, and just start calling LibreOffice Openoffice.

    • "Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do we still have the split between Open* and Libre*?"

      LibreOffice is under some version of the GPL. OpenOffice is under a more permissive free software licence. Changes can flow from OpenOffice to LibreOffice but not the other way around.

  • YAY! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Arancaytar (966377) <arancaytar.ilyaran@gmail.com> on Thursday November 08, 2012 @02:47PM (#41921909) Homepage

    Finally we get a suite combining the security and reliability of the cloud with the speed of OpenOffice and Java. Just throw in the usability of MS Office, and you're done.

    • Thanks. Now I will be having nightmares for at least a month!
    • by bindo (82607)

      They have been trying to throw in the usability of MS Office for a while now! Thank goodness the ribbon thing is a little too hard...

  • Mostly cloudy.

    SCNR

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