After Sun Microsystems was purchased by Oracle, concerns appeared that the development of OpenOffice (or StarOffice) might stop completely. To ensure the office suite's continued development, The Document Foundation (a not-for-profit organization) was founded in September 2010 by OpenOffice.org community members, and the project was forked as LibreOffice. The project quickly attracted most of the original developers. Unsurprisingly, the expectations of Oracle stopping the development turned out to be true, as, in April 2011, Oracle transferred the development to the Apache Foundation, where development slowed down further.
Currently, both OpenOffice and LibreOffice projects are being actively developed, LibreOffice stands as the more functional one, while Apache OpenOffice.org is considered more stable. StarOffice (formerly "Oracle Open Office") has been discontinued, as predicted.
LibreOffice includes a set of office programs, each with its own function.
|Writer||Word processor for document creation and text editing||Microsoft Word|
|Calc||Spreadsheet editor and processor||Microsoft Excel|
|Impress||Slideshow presentation creation and display||
|Draw||Vector image editor and diagram designer||Microsoft Publisher & Microsoft Visio|
|Math||Mathematical formula creator and editor, accessible from other programs within the suite|
|Base||Database creation and management||Microsoft Access|