[Buddha-l] Linux WP for Tibetan?

Simon Wiles simonjwiles at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 13:32:52 MST 2011

Hi folks,

I think the security issues Ralf was referring to were fixed before they
were announced, weren't they?

I switched to LibreOffice over a year ago now.  I've actually been a
little disappointed with how little it's diverged from OpenOffice in
that time.  Really the only things they've done are bug fixes and code
optimisations, and the merging of a suite of widely-used patches into
the trunk.

I've not had any problems with Tibetan ligatures, with one exception,
which is when trying to use the Monlam fonts.  They don't follow the
standard Unicode conventions, and seem to rely for ligatures on some
kind of OTF glyph-substitution table that LibreOffice (and OpenOffice)
don't recognize.  It's a curious one.  All other Unicode Tibetan fonts
I've used work fine, however.

To answer Bernard's direct question, the two mainstream alternatives
that are generally offered to OpenOffice/LibreOffice are Lotus Symphony
(http://www-03.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home), and
GoogleDocs.  Neither is preferable to using LibreOffice though, in my


On Sun, 2011-12-11 at 15:04 +0100, Ralf Steckel wrote:
> Dear Forum,
> just a remark about the technical "divergence" between OpenOffice and Libre Office - without any comment about the "usability" as word processor for Tibetan fonts...
> OpenOffice and Libre Office now are so different from the source code basis, that it is technical almost impossible to merge the two branches to a common version (if that would be wanted for some reason in the future again).
> Libre Office has some security issues - (important for users, who use it on a different platform than a Linux / Unix derivate), which are fixed in OpenOffice.
> My personal recommendation would be, to stay with OpenOffice - as long as it is possible...
> The reference for my above statements is somewhere in the archives for one of the online magazines at http://www.heise.de/ .
> Kind Regards,
> Ralf Steckel
> >Von: "Christopher Fynn" <chris.fynn at gmail.com>
> Bernard
> I haven't yet tried Libre Office - but since OpenOffice works fine, it
> seems odd that Libre Office has regressed.
> What font are you using - and which ligatures don't work?
> - Chris
> On 10 December 2011 07:24, Bernard Simon <bernie.simon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The way Libre Office handles Tibetan ligatures is sad. Any Linux WP
> > suggestions ?
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