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Linux Journal: OpenOffice.org Project Update

Nov 12, 2002, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Hiser)

"OpenOffice.org ("OOo")--the development project behind OpenOffice.org 1.0 ("OOo1"), the open-source office suite--declared its 2nd birthday on October 13th, 2002, and the tone was optimistic. On that day, the Community announced 8.5 million binary downloads tracked over the life of the Project, with about 5 million of those coming after the launch of version 1.0 in May 2002.

"These numbers caused the trade and open-source press to prick up their ears sharply, a contrast to the laconic well-wishing that colored the 1.0 release a few months prior. The numbers also stimulated some FUD from the direction of Washington State. So there is a palpable sense of obligation in the Community to the large amount of work ahead, as well as great anticipation.

"OpenOffice.org 1.0, the software, seems to have struck a chord based on the combination of its low price (free) and its promise of file format compatibility and continuity. The suite allows users to open and save-as the file format of the leading suite (from Word 6.0/97/2000/XP). In addition, OOo1's well-documented implementation of the XML file format offers guaranteed access to work created in the OOo suite (since future changes to the XML standard, properly implemented, will always be continuously accessible if not backward-compatible)..."

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