LibreOffice is the Firefox 1.0 of office suites.
Besides Kroc's catchy statement, there has been a great deal of optimism around the first release of LibreOffice 1.0. Although just the first release without any significant improvements (feature or code-wise), it seems to be the start of a series of interesting releases.
I do like the recently presented UI-mock ups: osnews.com/… they show that there's a great interest in cleaning up the interface of OOo to a more modern, more usable, more elegant version.
So far I have seen 4 mock-ups:
1. Sidebar concept: pauloup.deviantart.com/… it looks a bit like the KDE approach with Calligra, making better use of widescreens. Spreading the chrome horizontally instead of vertically. It does look quite nice.
2. Ribbon copied: usrnametaken.deviantart.com/… this one is the old OOo approach, just copying MS Office. It maybe a new UI, but it isn't innovating, trying to rethink how people use the UI best.
3. Ubuntu Unity Chrome concept: usrnametaken.deviantart.com/… not sure if it's actually a user interface. More a skin to Google Docs.
4. Citrus UI concept: clickortap.wordpress.com/… this one I also like very much. There has been quite a bit of thought in it. For now only limited to writer, but it does try to keep you with you attention to the work, instead of searching features.
Needless to say that I like nr. 1 and 4 best. I wonder what you think of this newly vibe for LibreOffice and it's future. Or do bring along new concepts, I'd love to see more. I hope that they succeed in their effort.
ps: It's my first start of a thread, and I hope to be posting more and better, while practising my written English.