This dialog will go away next week. The first time that you launch LibreOffice a dialog is presented which displays a quick summary of all things changed since our last upgrade of OpenOffice. I have used this in the past with OpenOffice and found it to be very helpful. No one reads the published articles and email messages about upgrades, but here it is again. We then have acknowledgement that they clicked through. The dialog gives them the option to receive a PDF of all release notes. It also gives the users the ability to have a document emailed to their home address with the download links of LibreOffice; or if they want we will burn them a CD with the software already downloaded. It's proven very helpful to promote people running these same software packages at home on their computers.
And then LibreOffice launches normally and quickly. While you don't really ever have a "cold start" on a multi-user server, it's about 4 seconds from splash page to the point that Libre is fully rendered and ready for typing. Certainly acceptable.
Typing is crisp and responsive over remote display,and users are indicating that it seems to run faster in many places than did OpenOffice. Being that OOo and Libre are on the same physical server, it certainly is an apples to apples test. Both have identical resources, fonts and printers. We have seen some problems with printing tables in comparison to OpenOffice and our support group has discovered some ways to align the tables for better printing. Many of these documents have been upgraded several times going from WordPerfect 6, 7 and 8 and then OpenOffice 1, 2 and 3 and now LibreOffice. It's a wonder they open as well as they do.
Once this is deployed, I will be spending some time in some known problem areas. We have seen some performance problems when Anti-Aliasing is enabled for graphic objects. I want to better understand these problems and work with the developers to make improvements.