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.)
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]