OpenOffice 2.0 Bloat

By Dave

It looks like not everything is great with Open Office. Though many of those using it are higher end computer geeks with gigs and gigs of just about everything, we also like when things work efficiently, and it does not seem that OpenOffice 2.0 is as effiicient as Microsoft’s Office package.

First Post on the Issue:

OpenOffice.org takes up a lot more RAM to load than Microsoft Office applications. While it’s true that the OpenOffice.org applications will share memory with each other, Microsoft Office applications will also share RAM with each other. RAM consumption rises rapidly for both Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org as soon as data is loaded, OpenOffice.org still takes significantly more RAM than Microsoft Office.

Second Post on the issue:

Even when dealing with what is essentially the same data, OpenOffice Calc uses up 211 MBs of private unsharable memory while Excel uses up 34 MBs of private unsharable memory. The fact that OpenOffice.org Calc takes about 100 times the CPU time explains the kind of drastic results we were getting where Excel could open a file in 2 seconds while Calc would take almost 3 minutes.

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