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OpenOffice dropped from Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04

By Ricky on September 21st, 2010 

Update: Abiword and Gnumeric are now most likely to replace OpenOffice.

According to the latest Ubuntu Netbook Remix Blueprint, the Ubuntu community are planning to drop OpenOffice from the default installation of Ubuntu Netbook Edition for the upcoming Lucid Lynx release, atleast for now. Now documents will be opened by default in Google Docs. (After this article, the blueprint got a lot of feedbacks and complaints against inclusion of Google Docs. Now they have decided to use Abiword and Gnumeric instead of Google Docs.)

We have previously told you about Gimp being dropped from Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu replacing Google with Yahoo as the default search engine.

The developers have been removing applications that are irrelevant on a netbook. While document editing is clearly a not irrelevant on a netbook, the developers feel that with netbooks being used mostly for internet related works, Google Docs will suffice.

Apart from this, some other changes have also been introduced.

Several applications have been hidden by default:

  • Brasero/CD Creator hidden
  • Disk Usage Analyzer hidden
  • Print job management hidden
  • Take screenshot hidden
  • Dictionary hidden
  • Log system viewer hidden

And some other have been dropped in addition to OpenOffice:

  • Tomboy dropped
  • PalmOS pilot dropped
  • Graphics applications removed

While new ones have been added to provide better netbook functionalities:

  • gbrainy added (gbrainy is a brain teaser game)
  • Gwibber added (Gwibber is a microblogging client)
  • Cheese added (Cheese is an application to take pictures and videos from webcam)

[source: UNE Blueprint]


OpenOffice dropped from Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 was originally published on on February 5, 2010 - 9:42 pm (Indian Standard Time)