After I spent few days getting familiar with usability and interface design field, I've got a question.
Apple was the initial leader in GUI design research, and today most Mac users use OS X, because its best at usability and increases productivity very much. iWork is a great lightweight office pack, which has all the benefits of its OS.
But when it comes to open source, we have OOo and LibreOffice, which almost entirely copy MS Office. Okay, that's probably to make os-office adaptation less painful, but I didn't find any kind of open source iWork alternative. So I have to use this buggy (yet?) and slow monster(imho).
My questions are:
- Is there currently any kind of open-source office like iWork? Released or in development?
- Microsoft doesn't seem to worry about OOo looks like MS Office 2003. But how to start iWork replacement development without risk of lawsuit from Apple? Could someone explain the situation with this to me?