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Test Drive OpenOffice 3 Beta in Ubuntu

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| I wouldn’t yet do any serious work with this beta release, but I haven’t had
| any issues with it so far. OpenOffice 3 is looking good!


OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11

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| The OpenOffice.org Community has announced the public beta release of
| OpenOffice.org 3.0, a new version of the free office productivity software
| suite for various platforms including Mac OS X.



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.


OpenOffice.org 3.0 codeline now changed to LGPLv3

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| On a regular basis we provide developer snapshots to gather feedback on
| features and fixes that have been implemented on the way to OpenOffice.org
| 3.0.


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.


Will OpenOffice.org support OOXML ?

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| The answer is no !
| From version 3.0 OpenOffice.org will be able to read MS Office 2007
| documents.
| * * The purpose is not to support an academic developed file format, but to
| * * help the pour users who by accident get hands on a document from
| * * Microsoft Office 2007. *


Software wars

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| Allegations of committee-stuffing, the outcome of votes overridden by
| political appointees, a final decision that many involved consider tainted:
| this may sound like a discredited election in some third world country. But
| it is actually a description of an ugly fight over international technical
| standards that wrapped up this week. Microsoft came out on top, but at the
| cost of tarnishing its reputation and the credibility of an important
| back-room process that oils the wheels of many global industries. * * *

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