"This year has been extraordinary for OpenOffice.org, and any
report of what has happened could not do justice to all who have
made it happen nor to all that has happened. So, first off, allow
me to state that the most remarkable thing about the last year has
been—and will continue to be—the growth and maturation
of the OpenOffice.org community.
"I include the developers and endusers and everyone who has
either coded or submitted patches, suggestions, advice, bugfixes,
constructive complaints (lots of those!), praise (lots of that,
too), time, effort, money, sleep.
"Congratulations, all! This project has far exceeded its
promise. OpenOffice.org is used now by millions of people
throughout the world, as well as in corporations and governments,
both large and small, thanks to you.
"Why do they use it? Because it answers the question of not,
'Where do you want to go today?' but, 'What do you want to do
today?' The first is silly and assumes you have lots of cash, the
second real and makes no assumptions. It in fact gives you the
capital to do what you need to do.
"People use OpenOffice.org because it, and the project, work for
them. They may be using Linux, Solaris, Windows, FreeBSD, LinuxPPC,
IRIX, Linux S/390, TRU64, Mac OS X (via X11): virtually any flavor
of Windows or Unix. OpenOffice.org will write, draw, calculate,
present in at least 23 languages, and do it using internationally
standardized technology that is more robust than, well,
you-know-what, whose documents it reads--and will even fix..."