From Fedora 18, we will finally have LibreOffice included on Live CD, and installed by default! (We were able to do this by raising the Live CD size from 700 MiB to 1 GB, now targeting flash drives instead of CD media). This is great news for our users, because the office suite is needed by many and they had to manually install it in older releases. With this change Fedora 18 makes another step towards reasonable defaults, and it will certainly be appreciated by our newcomers.
Thanks to everyone who supported me in the discussion, and Bill Nottingham for pushing that change.
It’s a bit ironic that Fedora 18 DVD will not install LibreOffice by default, you have to select it as an “add-on” in the installer. The infrastructure standing behind package collections has been re-worked and it doesn’t allow us to enable some collection (like LibreOffice) by default. Of course you can still select it manually. Hopefully we will have it fixed and auto-selected in Fedora 19.