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Ubuntu explains OpenOffice.org 3.0 decision

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The Ubuntu team has decided that instead of OpenOffice.org 3.0, released last week, the default version of the office suite in the Ubuntu 8.10 release will be OpenOffice.org 2.4.1. It’s not a decision that many Ubuntu fans are happy with and Launchpad is filled with discussion on the issue, with many users arguing that not including OpenOffice.org 3.0 undermines Ubuntu 8.10.

The Ubuntu developers, however, argue that delays in the OpenOffice.org 3.0 release and insufficient time forced them to exclude it.

Ubuntu’s Colin Watson is the man taking much of the flak for the decision. Tectonic asked him why this decision had been taken.

Will OpenOffice.org 3.0 not be included by default in Ubuntu Intrepid?

That’s correct.

What will be the default OpenOffice.org application in Intrepid?

OpenOffice.org 2.4.1.

Could you explain briefly why the decision was taken to exclude OpenOffice.org 3.0 from the default Intrepid release?

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