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Editions of is open source under the LGPL and has splintered into many editions. Most editions are 99% the same. The 1% is typically system integration and progressive features.

To make it confusing, some editions use the brand.

The most popular edition is the “vanilla” edition, also called the upstream, mainstream, official, and Sun Microsystems edition. It is available from and is especially popular among Windows users.

The next group of editions is ooo-build. Many Linux distributions ship ooo-build. Editions based on ooo-build include

Fedora ships a modified (list of patches), but Fedora does not use ooo-build.

Variations of with their own brands include StarOffice, NeoOffice, BrOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony, EuroOffice, and Beijing Redflag CH2000's RedOffice.

How to tell which edition you have

When is running, click on Help and then About. The vanilla about dialog is mostly white like this:

Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10's dialog is brown and mentions both Debian and Ubuntu:

Performance differences

Factors that affect performance include:

See The Fastest for more information and for benchmarks.

Differences in ooo-build

Systems that use ooo-build may pick and choose from a menu of modifications that include:

  • Improved Microsoft Office 2007 import filters
  • Microsoft Office 2007 export filters
  • Data pilot improvements
  • Gstreamer multimedia support on Linux
  • Kohei Yoshida's Calc linear optimization solver (before 3)
  • Microsoft Works text document (.wps) import using libwps
  • Microsoft VBA improvements
  • T602 import
  • Improved EMF rendering
  • Cairo canvas rendering for anti-aliased graphics
  • 3D transitions in Impress
  • Small bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Ubuntu ships a man page (manual)

Additionally, ooo-build distributions can choose to compile the vanilla with changes including:

  • Enabling Quickstarter on Linux
  • Including the 3D OpenGL transitions in 2.4+ (built in, not as an extension)


Path of executable

Edition Path to executable
Debian ?
Ubuntu 7.10, 2.3 /usr/bin/openoffice links to /usr/bin/ooffice
Fedora 8 /usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice
Fedora 10 /usr/lib/openoffice.org3/program/soffice
Mandriva Linux One 2008 /usr/bin/office2.2
/usr/bin/soffice links to /etc/alternatives/ooffice
StarOffice ?
Ubuntu 7.10, 2.3 /usr/bin/openoffice links to /usr/bin/ooffice
Vanilla 2.4 for Linux /usr/bin/openoffice.org2.4
Vanilla 2.3 for Windows C:\Program Files\ 2.3\program\soffice.exe
Vanilla 2.4 for Windows C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org2.4\program\soffice.exe 1)
Vanilla 3.0 for Windows C:\Program Files\ 3.0\program\soffice.exe
StarOffice 9 for Windows C:\Program Files\Sun\StarOffice 9\program\soffice.exe

Path of user configuration

OOo Edition OOo version Operating system Path to configuration
ooo-build2) 2.x Linux ~/.ooo-2.0/user/
Vanilla 2.x Linux ~/.openoffice.org2/user/
Fedora 2.x Linux ~/.openoffice.org2.0/user/
Vanilla 2.x Windows 95, 98, ME C:\Windows\Application Data\OpenOffice.org2\user\
Vanilla 2.x Windows 2000, XP C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\OpenOffice.org2\user\
Vanilla 2.x Windows Vista C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice.org2\user\
Vanilla 3.0 Linux ~/
Vanilla 3.0 Windows XP C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\\user\3\
Vanilla 3.0 Vista, 7 C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\\3\
1) There's a space removed going from 2.3 to 2.4
2) Some or all types of ooo-build? · Last modified: 2009/06/26 16:41 by andrewz