OpenOffice 3.3 Beta: The Shape of Things to Come?
Aug 11, 2010, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
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"OpenOffice.org 3.3 will be the third release since
Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in January 2010. The first two,
releases 3.2 and 3.21 were both relatively minor, and, from the
just-released beta, 3.3 looks like more of the same.
"The motto for the 3.3 release is "Fit and Trim." The phrase is
vague, but suggests a concern with interface improvements. This
impression is reinforced by the first item on the features list,
which is "First Achievements of the Renaissance Project," an
OpenOffice.org sub-project focused on improving the interface.
Further confirmation, if any is needed, is provided by the fact
that only a few new features are scheduled and the rest are
enhancements of existing features.
"The 3.3 release is available on the OpenOffice.org site in 323
and 64 bit .RPM and .DEB packages, as well as source tarballs.
Regardless of your choice of formats, the release installs into a
separate sub-directory of /opt, allowing it to co-exist with other
OpenOffice.org releases. To start the release, click
/opt/ooo-dev3/program/soffice. The build is relatively stable, and
documents created in it can be opened in earlier versions of
OpenOffice.org, but you should probably use 3.3 sparingly in case