Though it may be best for an uninformed user for them to be offered Libreoffce if they search for 'openoffice' in a package manager. Right now AOO is effectively equivalent to installing an old version of LO. I suspect that a lot of people who use AOO are just unaware of LO.
It looks like the AOO folk will make sure that they ship the symphony stuff before LO can ( https://lwn.net/Articles/532665/ ), so maybe soon AOO will have additional features to distinguish it from LO.
I have actually always despised the name OpenOffice.org (and remember that was the name, not OpenOffice) so I personally much prefer LibreOffice (I honestly do not get the hate, and I only know English and grew up in a primarily English speaking country). That being said, I do kind of agree that having two suites with basically the same goals is kind of stupid and that they should probably merge, under whatever name.
Funny. I would prefer Apache OpenOffice to win this battle simply because it has a more enterprise friendly name. Both "Apache" and "OpenOffice" are great brands.
And IBM backing it up, so I may actually be able to convince corporate to use it instead of MS Office in their enterprise, unlike LibreOffice. If not for that factor I don't care, has long has MS lose it monopoly, thus increase need for more open standard to be used, has to ensure interoperability, has to no longer be forced toward their product except for situation where they are the best IT solution to a problem, and thus would have earned to be the solution, instead of because of been locked in their grasp.