matt asay: Jim Parkinson of Sun has been listening to critiques of OpenOffice's governance policies and responds with a post that suggests that Sun plans to address the problems. Specifically, Sun will be using the Sun Contributor Agreement (SCA) for code contributed to OpenOffice.
artechnica: In a blog entry posted yesterday, developer Kohei Yoshida expresses his frustration with Sun's excessively bureaucratic specification process and unwillingness to compromise and communicate with members of the community.
o'reilly onlamp: Michael Meeks hacks on OpenOffice.org (and other code) for Novell. While very few people question Sun’s generosity in purchasing Star Office and subsequently opening the code, there have been persistent questions regarding the community management of the project.
linux.com: How does the current version of OpenOffice.org (OOo) compare with Microsoft Office in its ability to produce slide presentations? To see how the two programs compare now, I installed Microsoft Office 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.3, and went through the process of designing a slide show from start to finish. To my surprise, the results were more decisive than in my last comparison.
builder.au: Security experts have discovered TIFF-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities in OpenOffice, which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on Linux, Windows or Apple Mac-based computers.
linux electrons: On July 18th 2007, Everex launched its first 'Back to School' PC with OpenOffice.org 2.02 into WalMart stores throughout the United States. The response was fantastic.
/home/liquidat: OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2007) is taking place this week. Among the first information available is a talk about the future of OOorg. The conference is held in Barcelona until Friday. The first talks were today, and first files are available.
linux.com: No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn't it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within OpenOffice.org?
dana blankenhornYesterday, Paula laid the smackdown on IBM for not going after Microsoft Outlook with its Symphony announcements. Before Big Blue could even rise from the mat, however, the Mozilla Foundation tagged me with news it was expanding its Thunderbird initiative with $3 million seed funding.
zdnet blogs: Even as its pushes the OpenDocument Format, OpenOffice.org — and new member IBM — are trying to deliver better compatibility with Microsoft Office. Good idea.
Available for download now, OpenOffice.org 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. It is a major release and all users should download it.
inquirer.net: There is an alternative to pirated software. You don't need to pirate software to use good software. We often read raids of shops and businesses using illegal software. People want to use software, and FOSS is an alternative.
phoronix: The official release of OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 is scheduled for Monday, September 17, but it is available already. OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 introduces a number of new features and changes for all OpenOffice.org components.
- IBM and OpenOffice.org: An Interview with IBM's Doug Heintzman
- IBM Joins OpenOffice.org: The Q&A
- IBM Joins OpenOffice.org (The Quick Analysis)
- IBM makes Microsoft code Open Sauce
- IBM beats Microsoft over the head with its own code
- Using OO.o to Beat MSFT in Other Markets
daniweb: One who has already joined the gang is Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu with which OpenOffice.org is distributed. Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat's Vice President of Enterprise Linux, agreed.
cnet: IBM said on Monday that it will join the OpenOffice.org project and pledged to further use the open-source software in its own products.
cybernet: OpenOffice.org 2.3 is on the home stretch with the first Release Candidate being made available today. It’s been over 5-months since OpenOffice.org 2.2 was released, and I’m sure most users will be welcoming this update with open arms.
OpenOffice.org Tips: I received this information a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it for some time. After a cursory look, it's a set of macros that provide the following tools:
LinuxJournal: DataPilots are OpenOffice.org Calc's equivalent of what MS Excel and other spreadsheets call pivot tables. Under any name, they are a tool for extracting and summarizing the information contained in spreadsheet cells in a more convenient form. Using a DataPilot, you can immediately see relationships between different pieces of data.
OpenOffice.org Tips: Dropdown lists are a mainstay of many spreadsheets and forms. They help you control what people can enter, as well as giving them ideas for what types of things they might say.