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OpenOffice.org: Adoption is Gaining Momentum

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ooomarketing.blogspot: The workstations within academic computing labs and classrooms are increasingly occupied by open source software and open platforms.

OpenOffice.org 3.1: Better Performance

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eweekeurope.co.uk: The 3.0 release of OpenOffice left some issues in the productivity suite. This new version makes a good job of fixing them

OpenOffice.org 3.1: The next generation

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computerworld.com: The first thing you'll notice about the new OpenOffice.org is that it just looks better. What really caught my attention after a few minutes of using the various OpenOffice.org apps was how much faster this version is than version 3.0.

OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?

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theregister.co.uk: OpenOffice.org remains the most popular open source answer to Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite, and in these recessionary times, the appeal of "free" software is stronger than ever.

OpenOffice 3.1 Gets a Makeover

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  • OpenOffice 3.1 Gets a Makeover

  • OpenOffice.org 3.1: Looking Sharp
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1 arrives, improves user interface
  • Fresh Wind at Work: OpenOffice 3.1
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1: the same sh*t

OpenOffice 3.1: The new features

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h-online.com: Compared to its predecessors, OpenOffice 3.1 offers a whole range of new features. Instant eye catchers are the improved anti-aliasing for graphics, better chart functionality, and the new text highlighting in Writer. However,

OpenOffice.org 3.1 is born

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openoffice.org: The latest and greatest 3.1 release of OpenOffice.org is available. OpenOffice.org 3.1 was officially released to the world at 09:00 UTC today.

OpenOffice 3.1 RC2 released

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h-online.com: The OpenOffice developers have announced the availability of the second release candidate (RC2) of version 3.1 of their free open source office suite.

OpenOfficers pitch Oracle on life after Sun

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theregister.co.uk: OpenOfficers have begun lobbying for their future in the event that Oracle succeeds in purchasing Sun Microsystems.

Open Letter to Larry Ellison about OpenOffice.org

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openoffice.blogs.com: I'm sure there are many reasons for Oracle buying Sun. You might not be having meetings this week about OpenOffice.org. You might be having meetings next week about spinning it off into a foundation. But if you keep interest or control over OpenOffice.org, please consider the following.

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    When Firefox was introduced in 2004, it was designed to be a lean and optimized web browser, based on the bloated code from the Mozilla Suite. Between 2004 and 2009, many considered Firefox to be the best web browser, since it was faster, more secure, offered tabbed browsing and was more customizable through extensions than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. When Chrome was introduced in 2008, it took many of Firefox’s best ideas and improved on them. Since 2010, Chrome has eaten away at Firefox’s market share, relegating Firefox to a tiny niche of free software enthusiasts and tinkerers who like the customization of its XUL extensions. According to StatCounter, Firefox’s market share of web browsers has fallen from 31.8% in December 2009 to just 6.1% today. Firefox can take comfort in the fact that it is now virtually tied with its former arch-nemesis, Internet Explorer and its variants. All of Microsoft’s browsers only account for 6.2% of current web browsing according to StatCounter. Microsoft has largely been replaced by Google, whose web browsers now controls 56.5% of the market. Even worse, is the fact that the WebKit engine used by Google now represents over 83% of web browsing, so web sites are increasingly focusing on compatibility with just one web engine. While Google and Apple are more supportive of W3C and open standards than Microsoft was in the late 90s, the web is increasingly being monopolized by one web engine and two companies, whose business models are not always based on the best interests of users or their rights.
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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration.