OpenOffice.org 1.0 Media FAQ2002-10-14
- Why is OpenOffice.org important?
- What are we announcing today?
- What is OpenOffice.org 1.0 (Product)?
- Who are the target customers for OpenOffice.org 1.0?
- What is the status of the Mac OS X port?
- What difference does XML make to the average user?
- Why is the momentum for OpenOffice.org revolutionary?
- What are the factors that would prevent someone from moving to OpenOffice.org 1.0?
- What is OpenOffice.org (Project)?
- What does OpenOffice.org, the source project and community do?
- What are the objectives of the OpenOffice.org project?
- Who will benefit from OpenOffice.org?
- What is Sun's role in this?
- What is the difference in between StarOffice [tm] 6.0 software and OpenOffice.org?
- What are the Software Freedoms offered by OpenOffice.org?
- Are other office productivity vendors involved in OpenOffice.org?
- Why was OpenOffice.org founded?
- How can I join OpenOffice.org?
- What is CollabNet's involvement with the OpenOffice.org infrastructure?
- Where can I find more information about the OpenOffice.org community?
- Total cost of ownership is favourable, the office suite is free!;
- Open file formats giving continuous file continuity over time and compatibility with files generated with other suites;
- Multi-lingual, multi-platform - every one can standardise on it and it is ideal for mixed operating system environments;
- Stability and features are strong and getting stronger;
- Ease of use - training is not an issue, anyone who had used an office suite will find OpenOffice.org intuitive;
- Future modules and developments are positive:
- Groupware Project, working on developing functionality sufficient to make OpenOffice.org a complete replacement for Microsoft office plus MS Exchange server;
- XMerge (plug-in Java based framework for converting documents between formats for hand held devices). Allows you to view, edit and format the original document within your handheld. Not feasible without XML;
A. Today, we are announcing the second anniversary (Oct. 13, 2002) of the open source project, OpenOffice.org, and the release of the Beta version of OpenOffice.org 1.0 for Mac OS X. Also, upon the anniversary the community is announcing the release of a new Developer Build of OpenOffice.org 1.0 that will be tested and eventually end up in the next user release of the code.
Furthermore, the community is broadcasting the important milestones achieved in the short life of the project. Particularly impressive is the rate of downloads of the software and the acceleration (since the version 1.0 launch in May 2002) in the growth of users, developers and marketers who are all contributing to the improvement and distribution of the code.Top
A. OpenOffice.org 1.0 is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. Users report that little or no training is required for people migrating from other office suites - everything works the way people expect. The free office productivity software suite features key desktop applications - including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing programs - in more than 25 languages. In addition, OpenOffice.org 1.0 works transparently with a variety of file formats, enabling users to exchange documents freely with users of with other office suites, such as Microsoft Office and StarOffice [tm] 6.0 software. OpenOffice.org 1.0 software runs stably and natively on multiple platforms, including Linux, PPC Linux, Solaris [tm], Windows and many other flavors of nix.This makes it an ideal first step in a migration strategy towards completely open-source computing. OpenOffice.org 1.0 is the culmination of more than 18 months of collaborative effort by members of the OpenOffice.org community, which is comprised of Sun employees, volunteers, CollabNet, and end users, all working to create a world-class international office suite that will run on all major platforms.
Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source. And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.Top
A. OpenOffice.org is targeted particularly at users who do not need or cannot afford the security of Sun's corporate support umbrellA. So the users can make the choice - Home users, educational users, public sector users, non-governmental organisations, etc. are expected to find OpenOffice.org an irresistible proposition. OpenOffice.org allows students or employees to use world-class software in their classroom or office, and take their own copies without any licence worries. For developing countries in particular, this is truly empowering technology.Top
A. We currently have several completed ports, including PPC Linux and NetBSD/Sparc, and 10 in progress of which the Mac OS X port is one. Since the Mac OS X port was released to the community for further development, volunteers have joined the project and have been making significant progress. The Mac OS X port has also gone through some updates over this period and porting team have been keeping current with releases and the rapid pace of development on the OpenOffice.org 1.0 office suite. The port is now fully in beta, using the X11 window system and full Aqua integration will come in future stages. More developers are needed with Unix or Mac OS X experience to help make this port a reality and help integrate the port to Aqua.Top
A. OpenOffice.org 1.0's implementation of the XML file format ensures that OpenOffice.org will always be accessible to anyone in the world. It means that documents created today in OpenOffice.org 1.0 are always going to be accessible because the file format is standard, open and well-documented. For all practical purposes, files created today in OpenOffice.org 1.0 are guaranteed to be equally accessible in 100 years and beyond.
National, regional and local government agencies all over the world--who are especially sensitive to the issue of public access to information--are very substantial beneficiaries to the OpenOffice.org 1.0 promise of file format compatibility and continuity.
In addition, the OpenOffice.org 1.0 implementation of XML incorporates zip compression that's activated when files are opened and closed which makes OpenOffice.org 1.0 files size on the order of 25-60% smaller than files of the leading office suite. Therefore, the average OpenOffice.org 1.0 document file takes up significantly less space on your hard drive.
Further, XML as implemented by OpenOffice.org will soon allow document viewing, formatting and editing on small hand-held devices--including Palm, Pocket PC, and one day perhaps on a cell phone--without needing the Office application to run resident on the small device.Top
The community is growing in large numbers and comprising of a larger user community wishing to contribute. Some numbers on OpenOffice.org will help explain this:
|Downloads||5,000||1 Million||4.5 Million||8.5 Million+|
|Native Lang Projects||1||1||5||6|
A. We are open about this information too.
- OpenOffice.org 1.0 doesn't have MS Outlook with Exchange Server capabilities yet (although there are complete replacements for that combination for the Linux operating system available through Ximian's Evolution and Corporate Connect products);
- For the small percentage (estimated less than 5% ) of users who have legacy spreadsheets or files containing mission-critical macros, switching would be expensive since macros written in the leading suite do not automatically convert when a document is opened in OpenOffice.org 1.0.
A. OpenOffice.org is the largest open source project with more than 7.5 million lines of code. To date million downloads of earlier versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0 have taken place. OpenOffice.org is also the home of the open source project and its community of developers, users and marketers responsible for the on-going development of the OpenOffice.org 1.0 product. The mission of OpenOffice.org is to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format. Additional ports, such as FreeBSD, IRIX and Mac OS X are in various stages of completion by developers and end-users in the OpenOffice.org community. OpenOffice.org 1.0 is written in C++ and has documented API's licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) open source licenses.Top
A. The OpenOffice.org project provides the necessary facilities to make this open source technology available to the developer- and user-community. This includes the publicly accessible source code, over 31 projects and information Web site (/), and active discussion forums with over total posts per week.Top
A. The objectives of OpenOffice.org are to:
- Provide a free open source office suite in many languages and on many platforms;
- Provide open access to the source code;
- Establish open productivity XML-based file formats and language-independent component APIs;
- Enable innovation, which will build the next generation of open network productivity services.
A.Both companies, governments, and individuals will benefit. OpenOffice.org represents open sources, open language-independent APIs, open XML-based file formats, and open access. In the short run, these benefits affect source code developers, especially those in the open source community. In the long run,OpenOffice.org will also provide value for API and macro developers and of course, the end-user community, which will enjoy the benefit of new innovation, applications and the ability to maintain and exchange documents with any users.Top
A. Sun initiated this effort, in July 2000, by donating over 7.5 million lines of the StarOffice software source code and engineering to the OpenOffice.org community. Sun engineers work on the OpenOffice.org code, giving back the contributions to the open source community. Sun's goal with the StarOffice software is simply to make it the premier branded implementation available - based on the OpenOffice.org technology.
Sun continues to sponsor and support the innovation in the openoffice.org community and remains, as a strong supporter for the use of open standards in the industry. It is critical for all of Sun's customers that there be open, viable, cutting-edge office productivity software available to run in the heterogeneous network and across all platforms. OpenOffice.org makes it possible. Through open standards and by expanding the market for product implementations based on open standards Sun can lead through hardware and related services. Sun believes 'innovation happens elsewhere' and the OpenOffice.org community has shown true creativity and innovation both in development and marketing of OpenOffice.org 1.0.Top
A. OpenOffice.org 1.0, which shares the same code base as Sun's StarOffice [tm] 6.0 software is - like StarOffice 6.0 software - a full-featured office suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org 1.0 offers software freedom, enabling a free market for service and support, while the Sun-branded product, StarOffice 6.0 software, offers 24x7 fee-based support and training for consumers and businesses, along with deployment and migration services. StarOffice 6.0 includes some proprietary code in the form of third-party licensed technology, which is not available in OpenOffice.org 1.0. Sun pays to license the third-party technology included in StarOffice and it does not have permission to open source it. Examples of this third-party technology include:
- Certain fonts (including, especially, Asian language fonts)
- Dieckmann spell checker (OpenOffice.org 1.0 has a community developed open source spellchecker)
- The database component (Adabas D)
- Certain file filters
- Extensive clip art gallery
OpenOffice.org offers numerous additional ports and supports 23 different languages, developed as a community, with many more languages and ports in progress. The two office suites complement each other, meeting the varying needs of consumers, open source advocates and enterprise customers.Top
A. from www.gnu.org (the Free Software Foundation website) These are:
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0);
- The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this;
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2);
- The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
A. OpenOffice.org invites everybody to join us in this journey to free and open office productivity. By combining an open community and the dual licensing model so that anyone can participate in this endeavor freely.Top
A. The OpenOffice.org community was founded to create the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format. The Community was established in Oct 2000 with Sun's donation of the StarOffice 5.2 source code.Top
A. Anyone can join the OpenOffice.org community by simply registering here. Once you have registered, you may join particular projects, file issues, bugs, patches, or comment on already filed issues. If you want to be informed of future announcements to make sure you don't miss out send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.Top
A. CollabNet's SourceCast application enables both centralized and geographically distributed software development teams to collaborate. SourceCast is the premier Web-based collaboration environment, which includes an integrated set of software development applications and tools.Top
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