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I was encouraged to leave my aoo forum post directly in the dev mailing
list so that you all can read what I wanted to express. I am not a
software developper in any sense--only a user.

Dear developers,

there may be little positive feedback for your work, I guess. So I
created an account for the forum (and now subscribed temporarily to
dev@aoo) to leave a big THANK YOU!

The  first version I used must have been something like StarOffice
4.3, the  first I owned was SO 5.2, and then I shifted to
OpenOffice(.org) when it  introduced the XML file formats. So I am a
convinced and longterm user  since then and hardly ever regretted my

OpenOffice  gave me the possibility to mostly do what I wanted to
(with writer,  base, calc, impress and draw - in that historic order) in
an efficient  way, and the only thing I don't like is, that it always
tends towards following  MS Office although it already was better in
many ways. I understand that it is  crucial to get as many users as
possible, so I acknowledge the decisions  towards MS Office.

What I like most is the long term usability  and stability, and I do
not only keep my office files from more than 10  years ago, I also use
and re-use them. And if one crashed in the past, I nearly  always could
recover them by opening the zip bundle with an (hex) editor.

By that, I  enjoyed the progress in LibreOffice, but didn't really
need it. Although  I switched to LibreOffice on some machines, I am
always glad that there  is OpenOffice, too. In my eyes, it is the more
stable and efficient  branch of the project. This year it was my
fallback tool and salvation  in a book project that I started with LO
Writer;   I first invested hours to get my pictures back to the place
they  belonged to when they got more and more (as others did decades
before  with MS Word) and then had to give up as it didn't open the file
anymore  without crashing. Apache OpenOffice (standard and portable)
solved the problem. It got a nice book, by  the way, for our church

So if you get the software  maintained, I will probably continue to
use OpenOffice for another 20  years. And I won't switch to DTP software
(Scribus) for the next book  project neither like I regularly do for
magazines, brochures etc.

OpenOffice is a great, great software, even if it didn't evolve much
in the last years! (maybe even: because..)   Powerful enough for both
private and standard business use.

Keep patience and persistance!

A very satisfied and content user

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