OpenOffice is the open source counterpart to Microsoft Office so you might expect to see it used more by Linux-based PC users. Now it turns out that may not really be the case. According to a report from NetworkWorld, 87 percent of the downloads for the new version of OpenOffice have come from Windows PCs. 11 percent come from Mac computers and just two percent have been downloaded by Linux PCs.
The report was based on statistics from Apache, which took over the management of OpenOffice development in 2011 from Oracle. However, some Linux users feel the statistics are not quite accurate; some of them may download or receive OpenOffice from another location. Others believe that a recent offshoot of OpenOffice, LibreOffice, has gained in popularity among Linux users.
In a recent blog post, Apache showed a timeline of the development of OpenOffice since it took over its management. The post stated:
As the timeline shows, most of our attention on the project has been spent on community building and infrastructure migration efforts. We're not engaging in a race to see how fast we can come out with a release, or to show how quickly we can crank out minor releases.
Apache now completely hosts the OpenOffice download site, after shutting down the legacy servers in March that were still being used at Oracle.