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First look: OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta a big step forward

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| Overall, OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta feels like a solid evolutionary update with
| a handful of new features that will be useful to various niche user groups.
| It certainly is still a beta, however, as the suite crashed at least once on
| both Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard during testing. If you want to
| put a copy of your own through its paces, though, compiled versions for
| Linux, Solaris, Windows, and Mac OS X (Intel Macs only) are available now
| from OpenOffice.org's beta download site.



OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta is ready for testing

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| The OpenOffice.org Community is pleased to announce that the public beta
| release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now available. This beta release is made
| available to allow a broad user base to test and evaluate the next major
| version of OpenOffice.org, but is not recommended for production use at this
| stage.



EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications,
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian
| MEP Marco Cappato.


$1 buys a lot of StarOffice

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| As government begins its move to the Open Document Format (ODF) standard, Sun
| Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz has offered President Thabo Mbeki as many
| copies of StarOffice his office requires for a total cost of just $1.00. *
| [...]
| Beveridge explains that the biggest implemetation project currently underway
| within the South African government is the move to ODF.


South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard

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| The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open
| Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard. The
| adoption of ODF by South Africa opens the way for the businesses and
| government to adopt ODF more widely in their processes. *

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