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OpenOffice.org Team Releases Version 1.0 427

DenialS writes: "Congratulations to the OpenOffice.org team! Version 1.0 of the open office suite has been released. I'm downloading it now; I've had good luck with the previous stable builds. Release notes haven't been posted yet, so I can't say what the major differences are between 1.0 and the previous stable build, 641d, but I'm looking forware to finding out!"
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OpenOffice.org Team Releases Version 1.0

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  • by PhilJackson ( 540641 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:37AM (#3442057)
    I showed my windozw friends open office (they all use MS office) and they where well impressed, so much so that one of them is using it on doze now. Congrats to the OpenOffice team!
  • Great news (Score:2, Insightful)

    I have a lot of Excel spreadsheets[1] but upgrading the format every time M$ decides to release a new version is the pits. Every one of our users needs to spend about a week every 18 months tweaking spreadsheets. The existence of a standard, open format for this kind of data/calculation is a godsend.

    [1]For high-accuracy nuclear bomb simulations, particle interactions, that sort of thing.

    • by moonbender ( 547943 ) <moonbender@gmail.MONETcom minus painter> on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:06AM (#3442190)
      I was just about to make fun of you for taking 18 months tweaking spreadsheets when there's a new Office around, when I read your [1]. *gulp* You use MS Office for "high-accuracy nuclear bomb simulations"? Take your time!
    • I agree and wish this were a part of a Microsoft settlement (open file standards for spreadsheets etc...MSFT can make em put they have to be open and usable by other productivity suites).
    • Re:Great news (Score:2, Insightful)

      by delta407 ( 518868 )

      The existence of a standard, open format for this kind of data/calculation is a godsend.

      Yes, something that is easily accessible from virtually any programming language on any platform. Something that can be easily implemented, assuming no pre-existing implementation exists. Such a standard would be great for shuffling data between disparate and otherwise incompatible programs.

      Wait a minute... it's called CSV [google.com] :-)

    • by k98sven ( 324383 )
      For high-accuracy nuclear bomb simulations, particle interactions, that sort of thing.


      Whoever sold Excel to you may have violated the M$ EULA...
      You specifically agree not to export or re-export the SOFTWARE PRODUCT:
      (...)
      (ii) to any end-user who you know or have reason to know will utilize the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or portion thereof in the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons

    • by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @12:04PM (#3444020)
      You are aware that Excel is notorious for innaccurate calculations right? Some of the functions using the built in math libraries return answers that are wrong. And if you use VB scripting, which uses different libraries, the problem gets compounded to answers that are really wrong. See bugnet [bugnet.com] for some examples. If you insist on using Excel, use a third party (and adequately tested) math library with it for serious precision math.
  • Good Stuff (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Alien54 ( 180860 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:45AM (#3442094) Journal
    I routinely use this. Often I will have someone ask me if I have a copy of Office I can load on their system. I'll give them this instead.

    It avoids the piracy issue, promotes open source, and avoids another Microsoft Tax.

    Winners all around

    Just need to go through the application and set the defaults from Metric to English, changed the default fonts to arial and times roman instead of the default Thorndale, etc. just for document compatibility. Also set the document save default to MS , since most folks will get caught by surprise otherwise first time they try to share a doc.

    • Re:Good Stuff (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Vryl ( 31994 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:52AM (#3442123) Journal
      Here is a good question:

      Is there a converter/plugin for Word (latest versions also) that goes the other way?? ie, Save em in the nice xml star/openoffice format, and when folks say they can't open em, post em the filter.

      Subvert the dominant paradigm and all that guff.
      • by big_groo ( 237634 ) <groovis@ g m a i l . com> on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:50AM (#3442460) Homepage
        I'm sure if you ask Microsoft nicely, they'll include it in their next SP for Office.

        Or...maybe not.

      • Re:Good Stuff (Score:5, Insightful)

        by sphealey ( 2855 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @09:52AM (#3442946)
        Is there a converter/plugin for Word (latest versions also) that goes the other way?? ie, Save em in the nice xml star/openoffice format, and when folks say they can't open em, post em the filter.
        Too young to remember the word processor wars? When WordPerfect was king [1], WP had import routines that would read other word processors' formats exactly, but export routines that would only write to, say, MS-Word format with 90% accuracy. At that time MS-Word had export routines that would write to WP format exactly.

        Fast forward 5 years. MS-Word has dethroned the King and reigns as Usurper. Now Word will only write to WP format with 90% accuracy, while suddenly WP can write to MS-Word format 100%.

        And if you think about it, that is the only way it can work in a competitive environment, particularly with publicly-held companies. There is negative incentive for the leader to be able to write to the challengers' formats.

        Now, we could talk about an entirely open standard for document formatting... Oops, we already have SGML and TeX. Oh well...

        sPh

        [1]This argument extends back to PFS:Write and Electric Pencil as well of course.

        • It's arguable that things like the Star/Openoffice file format are 'standards'. That is, they are self describing documents, based on XML, that a variaty of tools can process.

          In theory, it should be poss to do transforms between xml formats ...
    • I've played with OO a bit over several betas and did have stability problems (on both MS and Mandrake 8.1). I'm excited to try 1.0, since I'm very bullish on the format even if the execution hasn't worked perfectly for me so far.

      By far the number one feature I would like to see added is a "save as PDF" which is as efficient as Framemaker. When I try the procedure outlined for windows (download a Postscript driver from Adobe, print to file, and use Ghostscript to convert), I get unbelievably huge files, as opposed to smaller files. It would also be nice to have a PDF target with links which is impossible going through .ps formats I think.

      What is everyone else's number one requested feature?

      Dara (hmmm - have to learn how to start a new thread)
    • That would be a great program for someone to write. the Open-office fixer for US residents. a seperate app that does all that.... OR the OO team can make a configuration available for the US.

      I have given out almost a hundred copies of the stable beta... I guess it's time to start making CD's for the next round of installs.
  • Bunch of links (Score:5, Informative)

    by ChrisRijk ( 1818 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:45AM (#3442095)
    download [openoffice.org]

    Screen shots [openoffice.org]

    List of changes [openoffice.org]

    Marketing flyer [openoffice.org]

    From Q&A section:
    Q. Is OpenOffice.org 1.0 100% Microsoft Office file compatible?
    A. As Microsoft rarely publish their file specifications, no-one can answer that question. However, there are plenty of users who regularly edit and exchange documents, spreadsheets, etc with Microsoft Office users without any problems. Indeed, some users claim they've seen bigger compatibility problems moving between versions of Microsoft's own products.

    Q. I've just saved a file from Microsoft Office in OpenOffice.org format, and it's much smaller - yet it hasn't lost anything?
    A. Good, isn't it?

    Q. Has this suite got that annoying paperclip?
    A. No. Never has, never will. No. No!


    Testimonials [openoffice.org]

    Timeline [openoffice.org]

    Credits [openoffice.org]

    • Indeed, some users claim they've seen bigger compatibility problems moving between versions of Microsoft's own products.

      Considering the hassles users experience thrashing between versions of Word (and exchanging Word documents between platforms), that's not exactly a ringingly strict infimum of compatility.

      But hey, it's probably a whole better than catdoc, so I won't complain too loudly.

  • Not wishing to be flamebaitey, but can Open Office print under Linux yet? I remember when the Star / Open split happened, Sun kept hold of a lot of the proprietory printer code.

    If so, what printing systems does it support? CUPS?

    • Yes it can. Check out the timeline in the comment above. This happened last year. It uses it's own printing system AFAIK.
    • Yes, it prints. I think it just uses printcap, so in cupsd.conf put this line:

      Printcap /etc/printcap

      if your /etc/printcap doesn't match the printers you have through your CUPS server. (Different versions of CUPS shipped with different defaults, IIRC.)
      • Yes. If you are us9ing linux, check out the install guide that is linked to on the download page. It shows you how to install is (easy) and then shows you what to do to setup your printer.

        so far it has been printing great. I even used it tp type up a 10 page report yesterday for school, and I was very impressed.

    • Does Open Office not even print to PostScript?

      If it does, then you should have no problem. RedHat has a very easy default ghostscript setup. Other popular systems should have something similar, or you can just roll your own ghostscript command line. Or you can buy a PostScript printer; they are pretty inexpensive now-a-days.

      With ghostscript you can also print PostScript on Windows, so you can keep a consistent system going across platforms.
    • Yes it does, it even supports the KDE print system if you're creative...

      I've created a printer who's print command is "kprinter" (if memory serves). Whenever I hit "print" it pops up the nice KDE print dialog with all of the neat features it offers.

      Best regards,

      David
  • Mirrors (Score:5, Informative)

    by flipflapflopflup ( 311459 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:51AM (#3442117) Homepage

    here [dmoz.org]

    and

    here [sunsite.dk]

    Here's some characters to get past the filter. And some more. And some more.

  • Mac OS X (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lomby ( 147071 ) <(hc.inodrabmol) (ta) (aerdna)> on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @07:53AM (#3442127) Homepage
    Now the only thing missing to the office suit domination is the Mac release.
    I can't wait to see it.
    I use Mac/Win/Linux machines and a real cross platform office suite would be a great improvement!
    • Re:Mac OS X (Score:4, Informative)

      by Thunderbear ( 4257 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:41AM (#3442395) Homepage
      Since apparently the porting process was halted by a deficiency in the Apple version of gcc 2.95, this may take quite a while yet.

      I tried compiling gcc 3.0.4 the other day, and it doesn't. All in all, a large amount of patience is appropriate for Mac platforms.

      • Re:Mac OS X (Score:2, Informative)

        by kollivier ( 449524 )
        Apple has already released a beta of their new developer tools, which includes gcc3.1. Maybe it's time to try compiling again, against the 1.0 branch? =)
  • by Havokmon ( 89874 ) <rick.havokmon@com> on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:00AM (#3442162) Homepage Journal
    I never got around to submitting my Terminal Server bug...

    Log in on Terminal Server, and let the 'quickstart' come up (the butterfly by the clock).
    Log in ANOTHER Session (with the first one still up), and you will not be able to start OpenOffice in that session. Every OO componant you start will appear in the first session. Not being very useful if you left a session open at work, and are logging in at home.

    But hey, it's free, and it works!! So I'll just kill the first session, because I'm administrator. :) (but that should be verified because end-users wouldn't be able to do anything about it.)

  • List of mirrors (Score:3, Informative)

    by Riddles ( 2787 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:02AM (#3442172) Homepage
    See this list of mirrors. It's the google cache of the original list of mirrors. I'm downloading from the Dutch mirror at the moment.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:VznF ah_clJsC: whiteboard.openoffice.org/mirrors/+&hl=en
  • OSX ???? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CDWert ( 450988 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:05AM (#3442186) Homepage
    I looked and connot find OSX support,

    With all the new Apples shipping on OSX wouldnt this be a great product for them ?

    Every person I know that is/has bougth a iMac G4 whatever has also purchased MSOffice X.

    It cant be that hard to port, can it ???
    • I agree.

      I've a Mac OS X machine being built for me now (can't wait!). For work reasons I'd need some sort of way of producing Word/PowerPoint - just because that's what all corporate offices use. I'd planned on trying OpenOffice - Mac OS X support would be nice.

      However, if it's not there, I'll use Linux instead. *shrug*
    • Re:OSX ???? (Score:3, Informative)

      by nedrichards ( 254332 )
      There isn't yet an OSX port. They're working on porting it at the moment. If you can develop on OSX then please give them a hand. It will rock.

      Note that there is a PPC Linux build available at the Yellow Dog Linux site.
    • Re:OSX ???? (Score:3, Informative)

      by Nomad7674 ( 453223 )
      I believe the problem so far is lack of volunteers for a MacOS X port. Sun and the OpenOffice groups both were pleading for developers a few months back, and near as I can tell there were few to no responses.

      This may be a case where we want to just use the Linux port as a basis and use an X11 front-end, the way many are doing so for GIMP.

      Course, we need a lot more coders before we make that happen.
    • Re:OSX ???? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Linux_ho ( 205887 )
      Wouldn't it be nice if Apple pitched in with this? Seeing as how Microsoft threatened Apple with discontinuing Office support for MacOS unless they complied with Microsoft terms... one would think Mr. Jobs would be interested in helping develop OpenOffice on the Mac.
    • Re:OSX ???? (Score:2, Informative)

      by rizzy ( 24400 )
      >It cant be that hard to port, can it ???

      actually, i guess it is:
      http://porting.openoffice.org/mac [openoffice.org]
      os x makes a distinction between a shared library and a loadable module ( "plugin" ). It's quite a different platform to target. the open office team would love people familiar with it to help out.

      read the macslash discussion on this topic here [macslash.com]

  • It's good (Score:5, Informative)

    by Majix ( 139279 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:10AM (#3442207) Homepage
    This is my impressions of 1.0 so far:

    It renders my old MS Word 2000 files correctly, even with some pretty advanced tables and stuff. I'd say the import filters are certainly good enough for 95% of all users out there.

    Load time (measured with clock in hand): 5 seconds (without the program preload and that tray stuff), on my Thunderbird 800Mhz, 256MB machine. It still wants a lot of memory, but otherwise it's in a completely different class than the old Star Offices, performance wise.

    It's free, it's good, it has a quality spell checker, what more could I possibly want? :) (Actually an Access replacement would be nice...)

    GNOME 2.0, KDE 3.0, Mozilla 1.0, Open Office 1.0 (or SO 6.0), it's all coming together nicely IMO. And you can't beat the price.
    • It's free, it's good, it has a quality spell checker, what more could I possibly want? :) (Actually an Access replacement would be nice...)

      Bloody good point. What is the Access replacement of choice lately. And don't say SQL Server!

      • What is the Access replacement of choice lately.

        Has anyone developed a file based database whichc an read access files?

        And don't say SQL Server!

        You could get similar functionality from an SQL front end. Again, not sure if anyone has yet written one.
  • basic scripting (Score:2, Interesting)

    by oever ( 233119 )
    There is even support for Basic in OpenOffice!

    It's pretty good, although the documentation could be better.
    Oh well, just look for examples on the web.
  • by BRock97 ( 17460 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:13AM (#3442230) Homepage
    Please note, it is first thing here in the central part of the US and my brain doesn't normally work as well. So, read at your own risk...

    Until recently, I had been running Win2k on my Toshiba laptop due to a need for good presentation software (heck, when you work for the US Air Force, it is either Powerpoint or you don't do your job...). Well, the need to do some web/sql development pushed me to put Source Mage Linux [sourcemage.org] on the ol' workhorse. Needless to say, I needed some presenation software.

    Enter OpenOffice. I had looked at Koffice, but I didn't want to run a full blown desktop environment (currently, I am running X 4.2 with E) and the dependencies to get Koffice up were huge. I had read about OpenOffice and was pretty pumped that would be the solution. I had no idea.

    As I said above, Powerpoint was my main concern, but to a lesser extent, Excel since I import a lot of spreadsheet activity into my presentation. So, I get OpenOffice installed and I pull out my last ppt file from a recent meeting and go to work. First thing I noticed is that it takes OpenOffice a while to start. I am not quite sure what to contribute this to, as my system is a Celery 650 with 192 meg of ram. Once it has been loaded, though, it appears to be cached since it starts very fast there after. Next, it loaded my Powerpoint file, something from Powerpoint 2000. It takes a little while, something that doesn't really surprise me since I have quite a few Excel tables imbedded in the show. After about 25 seconds, it is up.

    The first thing I notice about the presentation is that it looks great! In presentation mode, the slides are clear and the text is even anti-aliased. Doing a side by side comparison with my XP machine, I was actually more impressed by the Impress display. Great job there. Next, I went to one of the many Excel objects and double clicked it. Boom, it loaded the Calc object in the presentation and I was able to edit the spreadsheet like Powerpoint/Excel. Too damn impressive.

    What else do I like.... hmmmmm:
    • I like the fact that what ever OpenOffice app you are in, you can open up any document. Very cool
    • My Word documents look as good in OpenOffice. Very nice.
    • The desktop thing is gone. Thank God...
    • I am sure there is more, but I have just started playing...
    If you can, go and help out these people. It is good stuff...
  • by jdfox ( 74524 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:16AM (#3442245)
    Courtesy of good ol' Google [google.com]:

    Sunsite.dk HTTP, Denmark [sunsite.dk] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Qkaka HTTP, China P.R. [qkaka.com] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Utwente HTTP/FTP, Netherlands [utwente.nl] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Planet Mirror HTTP, Australia [planetmirror.com] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    VLSM HTTP/FTP, Indonesia [vlsm.org] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    E4A HTTP, Italy [e4a.it] -
    English and italian binaries.
    Edumail HTTP, Belgium [edumail.be] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Giganet HTTP, Hungary [giganet.hu] -
    Mirror with sources, binaries.
    GD TU Wien HTTP/FTP, Austria [tuwien.ac.at] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Stud FHT-Esslingen FTP, Germany [fht-esslingen.de] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    3Way FTP, Hong Kong, China P.R. [3way.com.hk] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    RWTH-Aachen FTP, Germany [rwth-aachen.de] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files (german, french, english).
    PWR Wroc FTP, Poland [pwr.wroc.pl] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Sunsite Cnlab-Switch FTP, Switzerland [cnlab-switch.ch] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files (german, french, english).
    CHG FTP, Russia [ftp.chg.ru] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Mirror AC HTTP, United Kingdom [mirror.ac.uk] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Unam FTP, Mexico [mirrors.unam.mx] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files.
    Stardiv FTP, Germany [stardiv.de] -
    Complete mirror with sources, binaries and contrib files (german, french, english).

    Thanks OpenOffice team!
  • by mikosullivan ( 320993 ) <miko AT idocs DOT com> on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:18AM (#3442261)
    I had a brainstorm this morning about OpenOffice. I'd be interested to hear what /.er's think.

    The problem:: One of the big complaints about moving to OSS is that people insist that they need to be able to exchange MS Word documents with other people around the country. Now, I hate sending or receiving Word docs when typing the text in the email would work just as well, but some people seem to only communicate by sending Word docs as attachments. Of course, OpenOffice can read from and write to Word format, but natively it writes to its own open format, and its a hassle to constantly save-as just to send a document as an attachment.

    Solution: develop a mail server module that uses OpenOffice. When a mail going out of the network has an OpenOffice word processing document attached, the module automatically creates a version of the document converted to MS Word and adds it as an attachment. Conversely, mail coming into the network automatically converts Word->OpenOffice adds the attachments. By default, documents sent internally in the network (for some flexible definition of "internally") are not converted. A nice added touch would be to allow users to have their own settings on when conversions should be done. They could set users or entire domains who don't get conversions, choose to have documents substituted instead of added, etc.

    • easier.

      Have the installation program ask you what you want as your default save formats.

      if you do not mix with Ofice folk, then you can use OO files, if oyu do, then you can use MS files.
    • Convert to RTF (Score:3, Interesting)

      by crow ( 16139 )
      Granted, I'm not a serious user of Word, but in my limited experience, RTF preserves all the formatting for most regular documents, and it works with word processors that don't handle Word files (like AppleWorks on my wife's old iMac).

      I would love to have a filter that watches for Word documents, checks to see if they use any of the weird features that RTF doesn't support, and if not, converts them to RTF.

      (*) RTF: "Rich Text Format"
  • Is it possible that the recent release of SOT or SOTO offfice, the Open Office clone spurred the Open Office group to get it out? When I downloaded SOT office I wondered if Open Office would rush to minimimize the number of people getting hooked on SOT office before they were finished.
  • Thanks! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by supabeast! ( 84658 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:35AM (#3442348)
    Along with all the talk of mirrors, performace, bugs, etc., we all need to make sure and thank the following people:

    - StarDivision, for creating StarOffice in the first place.
    - Sun Microsystems, for buying StarDivision and opening the StarOffice source code.
    - Everyone who worked on the development of OpenOffice, coders, testers, web admins, and so on.
    - All the government, business, and educational facilities out there who continue to mirror the files for us all to download!

    These people have done a great job providing the open source community with one of the best apps out there. No matter how much we bitch, moan, and flame, remember that we only care because we love what you do so damned much!
  • an upgrade route available from SO5.2?
  • I just upgraded to 641d THIS MORNING!!!

    hate when that happens.

  • Ok I don't know what the hardware requirements are to run OO, but strikes some business types could knock out
    pre installed linux pc's with Open Office already installed on second user equipment for little more than the cost of the Microsoft Office 'tax.' I'm sure stuff like this really sell Linux to joe public now...
  • by eugene ts wong ( 231154 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @08:56AM (#3442506) Homepage Journal
    For some odd reason, in earlier versions we never really had full control over our default margins. One thing that may help a bit is .../spadmin. This will allow you to change your default paper. For some reason it is set to A4 instead of US Letter. I don't live in the US, but still. In the previous stable version, you can now finally have equal margins all the way around.

    I don't know what version 1.0 is like. I hope that what I said helps you guys.
  • I haven't had anything to do with OpenOffice so far. I just now decide for the first time to go there and download it, turns out it's now 1.0 and it's been Slashdotted.

    Thanks to Slashdot for the links.
  • More mirrors (Score:2, Informative)

    by jdfox ( 74524 )
    Oops, sorry, there appear to be some broken links on that last mirror list, should've checked them all I guess.
    Here's what looks like a more authoritative list [216.239.39.100], from Google's cache of the 641d build page:
    Australia FTP/HTTP - http://planetmirror.com/pub/openoffice/
    Austria HTTP - http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/office/openoffice/ (de, fr)
    Austria FTP - ftp://gd.tuwien.ac.at/office/openoffice/ (de, fr)
    Belgium FTP - ftp://openoffice.vosberg.be (de, nl)
    Belgium HTTP http://www.edumail.be/index.php/static/openoffice (de, nl)
    China P.R. HTTP http://office.qkaka.com/ (All listed localizations)
    Denmark HTTP http://mirrors.sunsite.dk/openoffice/(da)
    Denmark FTP ftp://sunsite.dk/mirrors/openoffice/ (da)
    Finland HTTP http://www.kongogroup.com/openoffice/oo.asp (fi-only?)
    Germany FTP ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/misc/openoffice/ (de)
    Germany HTTP http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/misc/openoffice/ (de)
    Germany FTP ftp://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/packag es/OpenOffice/ (de, fr)
    Germany FTP ftp://openoffice.tu-bs.de/OpenOffice.org/641c/ (de, fr)
    Germany FTP ftp://ftp-stud.fht-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/ftp.op enoffice.org/ (de, fr)
    Germany FTP ftp://ftp.stardiv.de/pub/OpenOffice.org/ (de, fr, es, sv, pt, zh-cn, zh-tw)
    Hungary FTP/HTTP http://office.fsf.hu/letoltes.html (hu)
    Iceland FTP ftp://ftp.rhnet.is/pub/OpenOffice
    Iceland HTTP http://ftp.rhnet.is/pub/OpenOffice
    Indonesia HTTP http://sapi.vlsm.org/openoffice/win32split/
    Indon esia FTP ftp://sapi.vlsm.org/openoffice/win32split/
    Italy FTP/HTTP http://openoffice.e4a.it/ (it)
    Mexico FTP ftp://mirrors.unam.mx/pub/OpenOffice/
    Netherlands FTP ftp://borft.student.utwente.nl (nl)
    Netherlands HTTP http://borft.student.utwente.nl/openoffice/ (nl)
    Netherlands HTTP http://niihau.student.utwente.nl/openoffice/ (nl)
    Poland FTP ftp://ftp.openoffice.pl/ (pl; NOTE: please use an FTP client program if your browser doesn't download the files)
    Spain FTP ftp://ftp.cyberfenix.net/pub/openoffice(ca, es)
    Spain HTTP http://ftp.cyberfenix.net (ca, es)
    Spain HTTP http://ftp.rediris.es/ftp/mirror/openoffice.org/ (ca, es)
    Spain FTP ftp://ftp.rediris.es/mirror/openoffice.org (ca, es)
    Sweden FTP http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/Office/OpenOffice.org/ (sv)
    Switzerland FTP ftp://sunsite.cnlab-switch.ch/mirror/OpenOffice/ (de, fr)
    U.K. HTTP http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/ny1.mirror.openoffic e.org/
    U.S.A. FTP ftp://ftp.mn-linux.org/linux/openoffice(Linux only)

  • Ok, no one else seems to be complaining about this, so it must just be me, and my coworker.

    What is the deal with the fonts? They are friggin ugly! I assume it's just my system, but I'm using the default XFree86 fonts. Does it simply look like crap with the default fonts?

    Every other program I have looks just fine, but with OpenOffice all the fonts look terrible, the menus are nearly unreadable.

  • I'm downloading it now, and as soon as it finishes I'm making it available via Kazaa (The lite version, which is something else I have available for download)

    Windows will be available first, mainly because my work machine runs Windows, and I'll be using it first.

    My default file associations at work and home are to open Word and Excel docs in OpenOffice. I don't even use MS Office unless I need to run some VBA macros embedded in the file.

    This means I can open e-mailed Office files with impunity! Mwhahahaha (And yes, I do know how to tell the difference between real Word files and files with a myfile.doc.exe style filename)

  • Since I had trouble getting them after downloading, here they are:

    OpenOffice.org MD5sums

    2002-04-30

    24b64e79509f4e6b4e458fe35f82c762 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_LinuxIntel_install.tar.gz
    4e64260ed39c81e895551364e25d3258 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_LinuxIntel_solver.tar.gz
    f29b608ebc5512401f3c315475f4593c 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_Win32Intel_install.zip
    67bf15ac86aaf3a09e334661d4cbe49e 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_SolarisSparc_install.tar.gz
    f5dbcf74a3b025280a2afd3e5913da16 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_source.tar.bz2
    e40dfc192a7b963ea998619425316057 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_source.tar.gz
    6e96524d13a76e612715ab95f9607b68 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_SolarisSparc_solver.tar.gz
    a1b2339eeb66f0cacdbf878464c05628 1.0.0/OOo_1.0.0_Win32Intel_solver.zip
  • by pubjames ( 468013 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @10:08AM (#3443075)
    In less than two years, the OpenOffice.org community has grown to more than 10,000 volunteers,

    I would be really interested to know more about this. If anyone from OpenOffice can comment I'd love to hear you.

    How many external contributors actually make significant contributions? How many people (that don't work for Sun) are paid by their employers to contribute to this project? What proportion of new code (or documentation or whatever) comes from non-Sun people?

    I personally believe that Open Source represents a much superior development model to the way Microsoft uses, but I would like to hear how effective it is on this project.

  • by Peyna ( 14792 )
    At least to me, having a good mail client is an important part of an Office Suite, but OpenOffice 1.0 is lacking. Is there something that I can use instead of MS Office that is pretty powerful? Also, are there any free/open source clients that interact well with Exchange Servers? (required for work). Thanks.
  • a small step.. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by pere ( 23710 )
    MS Office almost doubles the price of a low price computer. In any business setting, you have to have it.

    Having an office suite that can read 95 percent of all Word documents is the first small step in overcoming this monopoly, but it is not enough. Even 99 percent compability is not enough. The cost of Office is high, but not so high that you risk having some of your documents destroyed.

    The .doc-monopoly will never be broken by someone making Word-clones that reads the format almost perfect. Sorry....

    Here is the only way to brake the monopoly(that I can think of):
    * Attack the weaknesses of the .doc-format. There are plenty of good reasons for saving your documents in XML-format instead of a proprietary, binary format.
    * Develop 1 - one - XML-based document standard. Here is the most important small step that OO is taking. Now we have to convince AbiWord, KWord ++ to use the same format 100 percent.
    * Start making plugins for Word that reads this format. Plugins that can be installed with one click if somebody recieves a document in XML. And plugins that allows the administrators to decide that this XML-based format should be default instead of .doc.

    Then you can introduce other programs that reads this format perfectly.

  • by pubjames ( 468013 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @10:19AM (#3443156)
    The Open Source community needs to be more aware of the power of the subtle use of language. Simple words can be a very effictive tool in changing the mindsets of Joe Public. Marketeers do it all the time.

    When talking about OpenOffice with Joe Public, be sure to use appropriate descriptive words.

    "I see you're still using traditional software on your computer, Bob. Don't you know that stuff is susceptible to Microsoft Outlook viruses? Have you tried Openoffice? It's free! It's free because it is developed using a leading-edge development method that's superior to the old-fashioned way that Microsoft develops software. Microsoft software is expensive because the conventional methods they use to create it are inefficient. That's why there are so many Microsoft viruses around. There aren't any OpenOffice viruses. Why don't you give it a try?"

  • One thing it desperately needs is to allow an option to store in the default, XML based format, but to also append to the file a clean copy of the text. This is because if you have nothing but a simple text reader at hand, you should be able to look at the document. This was possible in old MS formats and wordperfect formats (provided you don't do things like "track changes"). Granted, I could save everything in text only, but for the most part, I want all of the formatting options. Perhaps a tool could be created to "uncompress" the default format so that you have just the plain XML.
  • by Hektor_Troy ( 262592 ) on Wednesday May 01, 2002 @10:42AM (#3443359)
    It's still missing an email-program and a calendar.

    Granted, when compared to Outlook, it's only missing one thing, but still ...

    Okay - so I don't need to have those two functions embedded into the office program, but I would rather not be without them, and I'm somewhat sure, that the rest of my office wouldn't either.

    Here's what I need:
    1) A calendar function comparable to Outlook, preferably one that isn't dependant on a specific platform (ie. Windows, Linux, Mac OS et al). This means the ability to include/invite other people in/to meetings and to view other peoples calendars.

    2) An email function comparable to Outlook, again, preferably one that isn't dependant on a specific platform. Support for multiple accounts and Usenet would be a boon.

    No, the programs don't have to be free, neither as in beer or speech, they just need to work, be cheaper than Office and safer with regards to vira etc.

    Preferably the two/three mentioned programs/functions should be integrated into one program.

    Suggestions are more than welcome :-)

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