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OpenOffice.org

An OpenOffice.org Writer window in Ubuntu
Developed by Sun Microsystems/free software community
Latest release 2.4.1 / June 10, 2008 (2008-06-10); 8 days ago
Preview release Dev 3.0 (build DEV300_m19) / June 14, 2008 (2008-06-14); 4 days ago
OS Cross-platform
Available in Over 18 languages
Genre Office suite
License GNU Lesser General Public License 3.0
Website www.openoffice.org

OpenOffice.org (OO.o or OOo) is a cross-platform office application suite available for a number of different computer operating systems. It supports the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office '97-2003 formats, among many others. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 617 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (930 × 904 pixel, file size: 113 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): OpenOffice. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ... // The free software community is also called the open source community or the Linux community. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... A cross-platform (or platform independent) programming language, software application or hardware device works on more than one system platform (e. ... This article is about the properties of language in general. ... In computing, an office suite, sometimes called an office application suite or productivity suite is a software suite intended to be used by typical clerical and knowledge workers. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... The GNU Lesser General Public License (formerly the GNU Library General Public License) or LGPL is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... A cross-platform (or platform independent) programming language, software application or hardware device works on more than one system platform (e. ... In computing, an office suite, sometimes called an office application suite or productivity suite is a software suite intended to be used by typical clerical and knowledge workers. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Semi-official ODF logo Not to be confused with Open Document Architecture, an unrelated, earlier standard document file format. ... A file format is a particular way to encode information for storage in a computer file. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ...


OpenOffice.org was originally derived from StarOffice, an office suite developed by StarDivision and acquired by Sun Microsystems in August 1999. The source code of the suite was released in July 2000 with the aim of reducing the dominant market share of Microsoft Office by providing a free, open and high-quality alternative; later versions of StarOffice are based upon OpenOffice.org with additional proprietary components. OpenOffice.org is free software, available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ... StarOffice (also known as StarSuite) is Sun Microsystems commercial office suite software package. ... Sun Microsystems, Inc. ... Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ... Market share, in strategic management and marketing, is the percentage or proportion of the total available market or market segment that is being serviced by a company. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ... Free software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified form either without restriction, or with minimal restrictions only to ensure that further recipients can also do these things. ... The GNU Lesser General Public License (formerly the GNU Library General Public License) or LGPL is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. ...


The project and software are informally referred to as OpenOffice, but this term is a trademark held by another party, requiring the project to adopt OpenOffice.org as its formal name.[1] “(TM)” redirects here. ...

History

OpenOffice.org versions
Version Release Date Description
Build 638c October 2001 The first milestone release
1.0 May 1, 2002
1.0.3.1 May 2, 2003 Recommended for Windows 95
1.1 September 2, 2003
1.1.1 March 30, 2004 Bundled with TheOpenCD
1.1.2 June 2004
1.1.3 October 4, 2004
1.1.4 December 22, 2004
1.1.5 September 14, 2005 Last release for 1.x product line

Final version for Windows 95
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1.1.5secpatch July 4, 2006 Security patch (macros)
2.0 October 20, 2005 Milestone
2.0.1 December 21, 2005
2.0.2 March 8, 2006
2.0.3 June 29, 2006
2.0.4 October 13, 2006
2.1.0 December 12, 2006
2.2.0 March 28, 2007 Included a security update;
Reintroduced font kerning[2]
2.2.1 June 12, 2007
2.3.0 September 17, 2007 Updated charting component
2.3.1 December 4, 2007 Stability and security update
2.4.0 March 27, 2008 Bug fixes and new features
2.4.1 June 10, 2008 Security fix, minor enhancements, and bug fixes

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On July 19, 2000, Sun Microsystems announced that it was making the source code of StarOffice available for download under both the LGPL and the Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) with the intention of building an open source development community around the software. The new project was known as OpenOffice.org, and its website went live on October 13, 2000. is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) is a now-retired free and open source license, recognized as such by the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Work on version 2.0 began in early 2003 with the following goals: better interoperability with Microsoft Office; better performance, with improved speed and lower memory usage; greater scripting capabilities; better integration, particularly with GNOME; an easier-to-find and use database front-end for creating reports, forms and queries; a new built-in SQL database; and improved usability. A beta version was released on March 4, 2005. A scripting language, script language or extension language, is a programming language that controls software application. ... This article is about the mythical creature. ... SQL (IPA: or ) is a computer language designed for the retrieval and management of data in relational database management systems, database schema creation and modification, and database object access control management. ... Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. ... A software release refers to the distribution, whether public or private, of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 2, 2005 Sun announced that it was retiring the SISSL.[3] As a consequence, the OpenOffice.org Community Council announced that it would no longer dual license the office suite, and future versions would use only the LGPL.[4] is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


On October 20, 2005, OpenOffice.org 2.0 was formally released to the public.[5] Eight weeks after the release of Version 2.0, an update, OpenOffice.org 2.0.1, was released. It fixed minor bugs and introduced new features. is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As of the 2.0.3 release, OpenOffice.org changed its release cycle from 18-months to releasing updates, feature enhancements and bug fixes every three months.[6] Currently, new versions including new features are released every six months (so-called "feature releases") alternating with so-called "bug fix releases" which are being released between two feature releases.


StarOffice

Sun subsidizes the development of OpenOffice.org in order to use it as a base for its commercial proprietary StarOffice application software. Releases of StarOffice since version 6.0 have been based on the OpenOffice.org source code, with some additional proprietary components, including: Proprietary software is software with restrictions on copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor. ...

  • Additional bundled fonts (especially East Asian language fonts).
  • Adabas D database.
  • Additional document templates.
  • Clip art.
  • Sorting functionality for Asian versions.
  • Additional file filters.
  • Migration assessment tool (Enterprise Edition).
  • Macro migration tool (Enterprise Edition).
  • Configuration management tool (Enterprise Edition).

OpenOffice.org, therefore, inherited many features from the original StarOffice upon which it was based including the OpenOffice.org XML file format which it retained until version 2, when it was replaced by the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF). CJK is a collective term for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which comprise the main East Asian languages. ... Adabas D is a Database System owned by Software AG. Besides Adabas D exists Adabas, which has nothing in common except the name with Adabas D. Categories: Stub | Database management systems ... The term template, when used in the context of word processing software, refers to a sample fill-in-the-blank document that can be completed either by hand or through an automated iterative process, such as a with a wizard. ... Categories: Stub ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Semi-official ODF logo Not to be confused with Open Document Architecture, an unrelated, earlier standard document file format. ...


Features

An OpenOffice.org Writer window
An OpenOffice.org Writer window

According to its mission statement, the OpenOffice.org project aims "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."[7] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x743, 232 KB) Summary Screenshot of OpenOffice. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x743, 232 KB) Summary Screenshot of OpenOffice. ... Look up mission statement in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


OpenOffice.org aims to compete with Microsoft Office and emulate its look and feel where suitable. It can read and write most of the file formats found in Microsoft Office, and many other applications; an essential feature of the suite for many users. OpenOffice.org has been found to be able to open files of older versions of Microsoft Office and damaged files that newer versions of Microsoft Office itself cannot open.[8] However, it cannot open older Word for Macintosh (MCW) files.[9] A file format is a particular way to encode information for storage in a computer file. ...


Platforms

Platforms for which OO.o is available include Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, OpenVMS, OS/2 and IRIX.[10] The current primary development platforms are Microsoft Windows, Linux and Solaris. Windows redirects here. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... Solaris is a computer operating system developed by Sun Microsystems. ... BSD redirects here; for other uses see BSD (disambiguation). ... OpenVMS[1] (Open Virtual Memory System or just VMS) is the name of a high-end computer server operating system that runs on the VAX[2] and Alpha[3] family of computers developed by Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, Massachusetts (DIGITAL was then purchased by Compaq, and is now owned... OS/2 is a computer operating system, initially created by Microsoft and IBM, then later developed by IBM exclusively. ... IRIX is a computer operating system developed by Silicon Graphics, Inc. ...


A port for Mac OS X exists for OS X machines which have the X Window System component installed. A port to OS X's native Aqua user interface is in progress, and is scheduled for completion for the 3.0 milestone.[11] NeoOffice is an independent fork of OpenOffice, specially adapted for Mac OS X. Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... “X11” redirects here. ... The Aqua GUI in its original version in the Public Beta of Apples Mac OS X operating system. ... ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... In software engineering, a project fork or branch happens when a developer (or a group of them) takes a copy of source code from one software package and starts to independently develop a new package. ...


Version compatibility

  • Windows 95: 1.1.5
  • Windows 98-Vista: 2.4
  • Mac OS 10.2: 1.1.2
  • Mac OS 10.3: 2.1
  • Mac OS 10.4-10.5: 2.4
  • OS/2 and eComStation: 2.0.4

Components

OpenOffice.org is a collection of applications that work together closely to provide the features expected from a modern office suite. Many of the components are designed to mirror those available in Microsoft Office. The components available include:

Writer A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages.
Calc A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.
Impress A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.[12][13][14]
Base A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Native to the OpenOffice.org suite is an adaptation of HSQL. While ooBase can be a front-end for any of the databases listed, there is no need for any of them to be installed.
Draw A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile "connectors" between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.
Math A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other OpenOffice.org documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF.
  • QuickStarter
A small program for Windows and Linux that runs when the computer starts for the first time. It loads the core files and libraries for OpenOffice.org during computer startup and allows the suite applications to start more quickly when selected later. The amount of time it takes to open OpenOffice.org applications was a common complaint in version 1.0 of the suite, and Quickstarter was a solution of sorts. Substantial improvements were made in this area for version 2.2.
  • The macro recorder
Is used to record user actions and replay them later to help with automating tasks, using OpenOffice.org Basic (see below).

It is not possible to download these components individually on Windows, though they can be installed separately. Most Linux distributions break the components into individual packages which may be downloaded and installed separately. Image File history File links OOoWriter. ... OpenOffice. ... A word processor (also more formally known as a document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of viewable or printed material. ... Look and feel refers to design aspects of a graphical user interface - in terms of both colours, shapes, layout, typefaces, etc (the look); and, the behaviour of dynamic elements such as buttons, boxes, and menus (the feel). It is used in reference to both software and websites. ... Microsoft Word is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... “PDF” redirects here. ... For the Chumbawamba album, see WYSIWYG (album). ... A screenshot of a web page. ... Image File history File links OOoCalc. ... OpenOffice. ... A spreadsheet is a computer application that simulates a paper worksheet. ... Microsoft Excel (full name Microsoft Office Excel) is a spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. It features calculation and graphing tools which, along with aggressive marketing, have made Excel one of the most popular microcomputer applications to date. ... Image File history File links OOoImpress. ... OpenOffice. ... A presentation using PowerPoint. ... Power point redirects here. ... Adobe Flash (previously called Shockwave Flash and Macromedia Flash) is a set of multimedia technologies developed and distributed by Adobe Systems and earlier by Macromedia. ... Image File history File links OOoBase. ... OpenOffice. ... This article is principally about managing and structuring the collections of data held on computers. ... Microsoft Office Access, previously known as Microsoft Access, is a relational database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software development tools. ... In computing, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) provides a standard software API method for using database management systems (DBMS). ... MySQL (pronounced (IPA) , my S-Q-L[1]) is a multithreaded, multi-user SQL database management system (DBMS)[2] which has, according to MySQL AB, more than 10 million installations. ... PostgreSQL is a free software object-relational database management system (ORDBMS), released under a BSD-style license. ... HSQLDB is a SQL relational database engine written in Java. ... Image File history File links OOoDraw. ... OpenOffice. ... A screenshot of the xfig vector graphics editor A screenshot of the modern vector graphics editor Xara Xtreme A vector graphics editor is a computer program that allows users to compose and edit vector graphics images interactively on the computer screen (compare with MetaPost) and save them in one of... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Adobe InDesign CS2, one of many popular desktop publishing applications. ... Scribus is a free, open source desktop publishing (DTP) application. ... Office Publisher 2003 Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Editing Interface Microsoft Office Publisher (previously and commonly known as Microsoft Publisher) is a desktop publishing application from Microsoft. ... Image File history File links OOoMath. ... OpenOffice. ... Equation Editor is a legacy formula editor developed by Design Science that allows users to construct math and science equations in a WYSIWYG environment. ... “Font” redirects here. ... QuickStart is a loading method used by several different software applications, designed to speed up the loading time of their software. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Macro (disambiguation) A macro in computer science is a rule or pattern that specifies how a certain input sequence (often a sequence of characters) should be mapped to an output sequence (also often a sequence of characters) according to a defined procedure. ... OpenOffice. ... OpenOffice. ...


OpenOffice.org Basic

Main article: StarOffice Basic

OpenOffice.org Basic is a programming language similar to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) based on StarOffice Basic. In addition to the macros, the upcoming Novell edition of OpenOffice.org 2.0 supports running Microsoft VBA macros, a feature expected to be incorporated into the mainstream version soon.[15] StarOffice Basic (also known as StarBasic) is a dialect of Basic that is included with the OpenOffice. ... Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is an implementation of Microsofts Visual Basic, an event driven programming language and associated integrated development environment (IDE) which is built into most Microsoft Office applications. ... StarOffice Basic (also known as StarBasic) is a dialect of Basic that is included with the OpenOffice. ...


OpenOffice.org Basic is available in the Writer and Calc applications. It is written in functions called subroutines or macros, with each macro performing a different task, such as counting the words in a paragraph. OpenOffice.org Basic is especially useful in doing repetitive tasks that have not been integrated in the program.[16]


As the OpenOffice.org database, called "Base", uses documents created under the Writer application for reports and forms, one could say that Base can also be programmed with OpenOffice.org Basic.


File formats

OpenOffice.org pioneered the ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument file formats (ODF), which it uses natively, by default. It also supports reading (and in some cases writing) a large number of legacy proprietary file formats (e.g.: WordPerfect through libwpd, StarOffice, Lotus software, MS Works through libwps, Rich Text Format), most notably including Microsoft Office formats[17] after which the OpenDocument specification was "approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard" under the name ISO/IEC 26300:2006.[18]. Semi-official ODF logo Not to be confused with Open Document Architecture, an unrelated, earlier standard document file format. ... WordPerfect is a proprietary word processing application. ... StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ... Lotus Software (called Lotus Development Corporation before its acquisition by IBM) is an American software company with its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Microsoft Works is an office suite (Home Productivity Suite) available from the Microsoft Corporation. ... The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated to RTF) is a proprietary document file format developed by Microsoft in 1987 for cross-platform document interchange. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ...


Microsoft Office interoperability

In response to Microsoft's recent movement towards using the Office Open XML format in Microsoft Office 2007, Novell has released an Office Open XML converter for OOo under a liberal BSD license (along with GNU GPL and LGPL licensed libraries), that will be submitted for inclusion into the OpenOffice.org project.[19] This allows OOo to read and write Microsoft OpenXML-formatted word processing documents (.docx) in OpenOffice.org. Currently it works only with the latest Novell edition of OpenOffice.org. Not to be confused with OpenOffice. ... Microsoft Office 2007 (officially called 2007 Microsoft Office system) is the most recent version of Microsofts productivity suite. ... For the road bicycle racing team previously known as Novell, see Rabobank (cycling). ... Not to be confused with OpenOffice. ... The BSD license is a permissive license and is one of the most widely used free software licenses. ... GPL redirects here. ... GNU logo The GNU Lesser General Public License (formerly the GNU Library General Public License) is an FSF approved Free Software license designed as a compromise between the GNU General Public License and simple permissive licenses such as the BSD license and the MIT License. ...


Sun Microsystems has developed an ODF plugin for Microsoft Office which enables users of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint to read and write ODF documents. The plugin currently works with Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Office 2000. Support for Microsoft Office 2007 is only available in combination with Microsoft Office 2007 SP1.[20] Sun Microsystems, Inc. ...


Several software companies (including Microsoft and Novell) are working on an add-in for Microsoft Office that allows reading and writing ODF files. Currently it works only for Microsoft Word 2007 / XP / 2003.[21]


Microsoft provides a compatibility pack to read and write Office Open XML files with Office 2000, XP and 2003.[22] The compatibility pack can also be used as a stand-alone converter with Microsoft Office 97. This might be helpful to convert older Microsoft Office files via Office Open XML to ODF if a direct conversion doesn't work as expected. The Office compatibility pack however does not install for Office 2000 or Office XP on Windows 9x.[23] Windows 9x is the family of Microsoft Windows operating systems that comprises the 32-bit, DOS-based Windows versions: Windows 95, Windows 98, and often also Windows Me. ...


Note that some office applications built with Microsoft components may refuse to import OpenOffice data. The Sage Group's Simply Accounting, for example, can import Excel's .xls files, but refuses to accept OpenOffice.org-generated .xls files for the reason that the OOo .xls files are not "genuine Microsoft" .xls files.[citation needed] The Sage Group plc (LSE: SGE) is a leading UK based supplier of accounting, payroll, CRM and business management software (including manufacturing and construction-specific ranges) as well as related services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). ...


Development

Overview

The OpenOffice.org API is based on a component technology known as Universal Network Objects (UNO). It consists of a wide range of interfaces defined in a CORBA-like interface description language. API redirects here. ... In computing, Universal Network Objects (UNO) is the component model used in OpenOffice. ... In computing, Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is a standard for software componentry, created and controlled by the Object Management Group (OMG). ... An interface description language (or alternately, interface definition language), or IDL for short, is a computer language used to describe a software components interface. ...


The document file format used is based on XML and several export and import filters. All external formats read by OpenOffice.org are converted back and forth from an internal XML representation. By using compression when saving XML to disk, files are generally smaller than the equivalent binary Microsoft Office documents. The native file format for storing documents in version 1.0 was used as the basis of the OASIS OpenDocument file format standard, which has become the default file format in version 2.0. A document file format is a text or binary file format for storing documents on a storage media, especially for use by computers. ... The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose markup language. ... Source coding redirects here. ... The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose markup language. ... The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business and web service standards. ...


Development versions of the suite are released every few weeks on the developer zone of the OpenOffice.org website. The releases are meant for those who wish to test new features or are simply curious about forthcoming changes; they are not suitable for production use.


Native desktop integration

OpenOffice.org 1.0 was criticized for not having the look and feel of applications developed natively for the platforms on which it runs. Starting with version 2.0, OpenOffice.org uses native widget toolkit, icons, and font-rendering libraries across a variety of platforms, to better match native applications and provide a smoother experience for the user. There are projects underway to further improve this integration on both GNOME[24] and KDE.[25] Look and feel refers to design aspects of a graphical user interface - in terms of both colours, shapes, layout, typefaces, etc (the look); and, the behaviour of dynamic elements such as buttons, boxes, and menus (the feel). It is used in reference to both software and websites. ... In computer programming, widget toolkits (or GUI toolkits) are sets of basic building units for graphical user interfaces. ... This article is about the mythical creature. ... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ...


This issue has been particularly pronounced on Mac OS X, whose standard user interface looks noticeably different from either Windows or X11-based desktop environments and requires the use of programming toolkits unfamiliar to most OpenOffice.org developers. There are two implementations of OpenOffice.org available for OS X: In computing, the X Window System (commonly X11 or X) is a windowing system for bitmap displays. ...

OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11)
This official implementation requires the installation of X11.app or XDarwin, and is a close port of the well-tested Unix version. It is functionally equivalent to the Unix version, and its user interface resembles the look and feel of that version; for example, the application uses its own menu bar instead of the OS X menu at the top of the screen. It also requires system fonts to be converted to X11 format for OpenOffice.org to use them (which can be done during application installation).
OpenOffice.org Aqua
After a first step (completed) using Carbon, OpenOffice.org Aqua switched for Cocoa technology, and an Aqua version (based on Cocoa) is also being developed under the aegis of OpenOffice.org, with an Beta version currently available.[26] Sun Microsystems is collaborating with OOo to further development of the Aqua version of OpenOffice.org for Mac.

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Future

Currently, a developed preview of OpenOffice.org 3 (OOo-dev 3.0) is available for download.[27] Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ...


Among the planned features[28] for OOo 3.0, set to be released by September 2008 [29], are:

  • Personal Information Manager (PIM), probably based on Thunderbird/Lightning
  • PDF import into Draw (to maintain correct layout of the original PDF)[30]
  • OOXML document support for opening documents created in Office 2007
  • Support for Mac OS X Aqua platform
  • Extensions, to add third party functionality.
  • Presenter screen in Impress with multi-screen support[31]

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Other projects

A number of products are derived from OpenOffice.org. Among the more well-known ones are Sun StarOffice and NeoOffice. The OpenOffice.org site also lists a large variety of complementary products including groupware solutions.


NeoOffice

NeoOffice is an independent port that integrates with OS X’s Aqua user interface using Java, Carbon and (increasingly) Cocoa toolkits. NeoOffice adheres fairly closely to OS X UI standards (for example, using native pull-down menus), and has direct access to OS X’s installed fonts and printers. Its releases lag behind the official OpenOffice.org X11 releases, due to its small development team and the concurrent development of the technology used to port the user interface.[32] ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Mac OS X 10. ... The Java platform is the name for a bundle of related programs, or platform, from Sun Microsystems which allow for developing and running programs written in the Java programming language. ... Carbon is the codename of Apple Computers API for the Macintosh operating system, which permits a good degree of forward and backward compatibility between source code written to run on the classic Mac OS, and the newer Mac OS X. The APIs are published and accessed in the form... A Cocoa application being developed using Xcode. ...


Other projects run alongside the main OpenOffice.org project and are easier to contribute to. These include documentation, internationalisation and localisation and the API. It has been suggested that Software localization be merged into this article or section. ...


OpenGroupware.org

OpenGroupware.org is a set of extension programs to allow the sharing of OpenOffice.org documents, calendars, address books, e-mails, instant messaging and blackboards, and provide access to other groupware applications. OpenGroupware. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A screenshot of PowWow, one of the first instant messengers with a graphical user interface An instant messenger is a client which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet. ... Collaborative software is software designed to help people involved in a common task achieve their goals. ...


There is also an effort to create and share assorted document templates and other useful additions at OOExtras.[33]


A set of Perl extensions is available through the CPAN in order to allow OpenOffice.org document processing by external programs.[34] These libraries do not use the OpenOffice.org API. They directly read or write the OpenOffice.org files using Perl standard file compression/decompression, XML access and UTF-8 encoding modules. For other uses, see Perl (disambiguation). ... CPAN is an acronym standing for Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. ... A codec is a device or program capable of encoding and/or decoding a digital data stream or signal. ... UTF-8 (8-bit UCS/Unicode Transformation Format) is a variable-length character encoding for Unicode. ...


Portable

A distribution of OpenOffice.org called OpenOffice.org Portable is designed to run the suite from a USB flash drive.[35] JumpDrive redirects here. ...


OxygenOffice Professional

An enhancement of OpenOffice.org, providing:[36] Current Version: 2.4

  • Possibility to run Visual Basic for Application (VBA) macros in Calc (for testing)
  • Improved Calc HTML export
  • Enhanced Access support for Base
  • Security fixes
  • Enhanced performance
  • Enhanced color-palette
  • Enhanced help menu, additional User’s Manual, and extended tips for beginners

Optionally it provides, free for personal and professional use:

  • More than 3,200 graphics, both clip art and photos.
  • Several templates and sample documents
  • Over 90 free fonts.
  • Additional tools like OOoWikipedia

Extensions

Since version 2.0.4, OpenOffice.org has supported extensions in a similar manner to Mozilla Firefox.[37] Extensions make it easy to add new functionality to an existing OpenOffice.org installation. The OpenOffice.org Extension Repository lists already more than 80 extensions. Developers can easily build new extensions for OpenOffice.org, for example by using the OpenOffice.org API Plugin for NetBeans. Firefox redirects here. ...


The OpenOffice.org Bibliographic Project

This aims to incorporate a powerful reference management software into the suite. The new major addition is slated for inclusion with the standard OpenOffice.org release on late-2007 to mid-2008, or possibly later depending upon the availability of programmers.[38] Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations (references). ...


Security

OpenOffice.org includes a security team,[39] and as of June 2008 the security organization Secunia reports no known unpatched security flaws for the software.[40] Kaspersky Lab has shown a proof of concept virus for OpenOffice.org.[41] This shows OOo viruses are possible, but there is no known virus "in the wild". Secunia is a Danish computer security service provider best known for tracking vulnerabilities in more than 12,000 pieces of software and operating systems. ... Kaspersky Lab is a computer security company, co-founded by Natalia Kasperskaya and Eugene Kaspersky in 1997, offering antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and anti-intrusion products. ... A proof of concept is a short and/or incomplete realization of a certain method or idea(s) to demonstrate its feasibility. ...


In a private meeting of the French Ministry of Defense, macro-related security issues were raised.[42] OpenOffice.org developers have responded and noted that the supposed vulnerability had not been announced through "well defined procedures" for disclosure and that the ministry had revealed nothing specific. However, the developers have been in talks with the researcher concerning the supposed vulnerability.[43]


As with Microsoft Word[44], documents created in OpenOffice can contain metadata which may include a complete history of what was changed, when and by whom.[citation needed] Metadata is data about data. ...


Ownership

The project and software are informally referred to as OpenOffice, but project organizers report that this term is a trademark held by another party, requiring them to adopt OpenOffice.org as its formal name.[45] (Due to a similar trademark issue, the Brazilian Portuguese version of the suite is distributed under the name BrOffice.org.[46]) “(TM)” redirects here. ... Brazilian Portuguese (português do Brasil in Portuguese) is a group of dialects of Portuguese written and spoken by virtually all the 190 million inhabitants of Brazil and by a couple of million Brazilian emigrants, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, Canada, Japan, and Paraguay. ...


Development is managed by staff members of StarOffice. Some delay and difficulty in implementing external contributions to the core codebase (even those from the project's corporate sponsors) has been noted.[47]


Currently, there are several derived and/or proprietary works based on OOo, with some of them being:

  • Sun Microsystem's StarOffice, with various complementary add-ons.
  • IBM's Lotus Symphony, with a new interface based on Eclipse (based on OO.o 1.x).
  • OpenOffice.org Novell edition, integrated with Evolution and with a OOXML filter.
  • Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000's RedOffice, fully localized in Chinese characters.
  • Planamesa's NeoOffice for Mac OS X with Aqua support via Java.

In May 23, 2007, the OpenOffice.org community and Redflag Chinese 2000 Software Co, Ltd. announced a joint development effort focused on integrating the new features that have been added in the RedOffice localization of OpenOffice.org, as well as quality assurance and work on the core applications. Additionally, Redflag Chinese 2000 made public its commitment to the global OO.o community stating it would "strengthen its support of the development of the world's leading free and open source productivity suite", adding around 50 engineers (that have been working on RedOffice since 2006) to the project.[48] StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ... IBM Lotus Symphony is the name of a set of applications for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other documents. ... Eclipse is an open-source software framework written primarily in Java. ... Evolution or Novell Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution, prior to Novells 2003 acquisition of Ximian) is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions. ... Office Open XML (commonly abbreviated as OOXML) is a file format specification for the storage of electronic documents such as memos, reports, books, spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. ... ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


In September 10, 2007, the OO.o community announced that IBM had joined to support the development of OpenOffice.org.[49] "IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite's software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products" as has been seen with Lotus Symphony. Sean Poulley, the vice president of business and strategy in IBM's Lotus Software division said that IBM plans to take a leadership role in the OpenOffice.org community together with other companies such as Sun Microsystems. IBM will work within the leadership structure that exists.[50] is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see IBM (disambiguation) and Big Blue. ... IBM Lotus Symphony is the name of a set of applications for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other documents. ... Lotus Software (called Lotus Development Corporation before its acquisition by IBM) is an American software company with its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ...


As of October 02, 2007, Michael Meeks announced[51] (and generated an answer by Sun's Simon Phipps[52] and Mathias Bauer[53]) a derived OpenOffice.org work, under the wing of his employer Novell, with the purpose of including new features and fixes that do not get easily integrated in the OOo-build up-stream core. The work is called Go-OO (http://go-oo.org/) a name under which alternative OO.o software has been available for five years. The new features are shared with Novell's edition of OOo and include: October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Michael Meeks is an open source software hacker who has contributed a lot of time to decreasing program load time. ... For the road bicycle racing team previously known as Novell, see Rabobank (cycling). ...

  • VBA macros support.
  • Faster start up time.
  • "A linear optimization solver to optimize a cell value based on arbitrary constraints built into Calc".
  • Multimedia content supports into documents, using the gstreamer multimedia framework.
  • Support for Microsoft Works formats, WordPerfect graphics (WPG format) and T602 files imports.

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Reactions

Federal Computer Week issue listed OpenOffice.org as one of the "5 stars of open-source products."[54] In contrast, OpenOffice.org was used in 2005 by The Guardian newspaper to illustrate what it claims are the limitations of open-source software, although the article does finish by stating that the software may be better than MS Word for books.[55] Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ...


Market share

It is extremely difficult to estimate the market share of OpenOffice.org due to the fact that OpenOffice.org can be freely distributed via download sites including mirrors, peer-to-peer networks, CDs, Linux distros, etc. Nevertheless, the OpenOffice.org tries to capture key adoption data in a market share analysis [56]


Although Microsoft Office retains 95% of the general market as measured by revenue,[57] OpenOffice.org and StarOffice have secured 14% of the large enterprise market as of 2004[58] and 19% of the small to midsize business market in 2005.[59] The OpenOffice.org web site reports more than 98 million downloads.[60]


Other large scale users of OpenOffice.org include Singapore’s Ministry of Defence,[61] and Bristol City Council in the UK. In France, OpenOffice.org has attracted the attention of both local and national government administrations who wish to rationalize their software procurement, as well as have stable, standard file formats for archival purposes. It is now the official office suite for the French Gendarmerie.[62] Several government organizations in India, such as IIT Bombay (a renowned technical institute), the Supreme Court of India, the Allahabad High Court,[63] which use Linux, completely rely on OpenOffice.org for their administration. The Ministry of Defence (abbreviated MINDEF) is entrusted with overseeing the defence needs of the Republic of Singapore. ... This article is about the English city. ... Gendarmes Gendarmes guarding the Paris Hall of Justice Gendarmerie motorcyclists police the roads and autoroutes of rural France. ... The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay)is one of the Indian Institutes of Technology. ... The Supreme Court of India is the highest court of the land as established by Part V, Chapter IV of the Constitution of India. ... The Allahabad High Court was one of the first High Courts of India to be established in India. ...


On October 4, 2005, Sun and Google announced a strategic partnership. As part of this agreement, Sun will add a Google search bar to OpenOffice.org, Sun and Google will engage in joint marketing activities as well as joint research and development, and Google will help distribute OpenOffice.org.[64] Google is currently distributing StarOffice as part of the Google Pack. is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the corporation. ... Google Pack is a one-stop software package that helps you discover, install, and maintain a wide range of essential PC programs,[1] intended for buyers of new PCs. ...


Besides StarOffice, there are still a number of OpenOffice.org derived commercial products. Most of them are developed under SISSL license (which is valid up to OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2). In general they are targeted at local or niche market, with proprietary add-ons such as speech recognition module, automatic database connection, or better CJK support.[65] The Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) is recognized as a free and open source license by the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative. ... CJK is a collective term for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which comprise the main East Asian languages. ...


In July 2007 Everex, a division of First International Computer and the 9th largest PC supplier in the U.S., began shipping systems preloaded with OpenOffice.org 2.2 into Wal-Mart and Sam's Club throughout North America.


In September 2007 IBM announced that it would supply and support OpenOffice.org branded as Lotus Symphony, and integrated into Lotus Notes.[49] IBM also announced 35 developers would be assigned to work on OpenOffice.org, and that it would join the OpenOffice.org foundation. Commentators noted parallels between IBM's 2000 support of Linux and this announcement.[66] IBM Lotus Symphony is the name of a set of applications for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other documents. ...


Java controversy

In the past OpenOffice.org was criticized for an increasing dependency on the Java Runtime Environment which was not free software. That Sun Microsystems is both the creator of Java and the chief supporter of OpenOffice.org drew accusations of ulterior motives for this technology choice. Java Logo The Java Runtime Environment, or JRE, or J2RE is a software bundle from Sun Microsystems that allows a computer system to run a Java application. ... Free software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified form either without restriction, or with minimal restrictions only to ensure that further recipients can also do these things. ...


Version 1 depended on the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) being present on the user’s computer for some auxiliary functions, but version 2 increased the suite’s use of Java requiring a JRE. In response, Red Hat increased their efforts to improve free Java implementations. Red Hat’s Fedora Core 4 (released on June 13, 2005) included a beta version of OpenOffice.org version 2, running on GCJ and GNU Classpath. Java Logo The Java Runtime Environment, or JRE, or J2RE is a software bundle from Sun Microsystems that allows a computer system to run a Java application. ... For other uses, see Red Hat (disambiguation). ... Free Java implementations are software projects that reimplement Suns Java technologies and are distributed under free software licences, thus making them free software / open source software. ... Fedora (previously called Fedora Core) is an RPM-based, general purpose Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The GNU Compiler for Java (GCJ) is a free software compiler for the Java programming language that is part of the GNU Compiler Collection. ... GNU Classpath is a project aiming to create a free implementation of the standard class library for the Java programming language. ...


The issue of OpenOffice.org’s use of Java came to the fore in May 2005, when Richard Stallman appeared to call for a fork of the application in a posting on the Free Software Foundation website.[67] This led to discussions within the OpenOffice.org community and between Sun staff and developers involved in GNU Classpath, a free replacement for Sun’s Java implementation. Later that year, the OpenOffice.org developers also placed into their development guidelines various requirements to ensure that future versions of OpenOffice.org could be run on free implementations of Java and fixed the issues which previously prevented OpenOffice.org 2.0 from using free software Java implementations.[68] Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often abbreviated rms,[2] is an American software freedom activist, hacker,[3] and software developer. ... In software, a project fork or branch happens when a developer (or a group of them) takes code from a project and starts to develop independently of the rest. ... The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit corporation founded in October 1985 by Richard Stallman to support the free software movement (free as in freedom), and in particular the GNU project. ... GNU Classpath is a project aiming to create a free implementation of the standard class library for the Java programming language. ...


On November 13, 2006, Sun committed to releasing Java under the GNU General Public License in the near future.[69] This process would end OpenOffice.org's dependence on non-free software. is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... GPL redirects here. ... Proprietary software is a pejorative term used by the Free Software Foundation to describe software in which the user does not control what it does or cannot study or edit the code, in contrast to free software. ...


Between November 2006 and May 2007, Sun Microsystems made available most of their Java technologies under the GNU General Public License, in compliance with the specifications of the Java Community Process, thus making almost all of Sun's Java also free software.


The following areas of OpenOffice.org 2.0 depend[70] on the JRE being present:

  • The media player on Unix-like systems
  • All document wizards in Writer
  • Accessibility tools
  • Report Autopilot
  • JDBC driver support
  • HSQL database engine, which is used in OpenOffice.org Base
  • XSLT filters
  • BeanShell, the NetBeans scripting language and the Java UNO bridge
  • Export filters to the Aportis.doc (.pdb) format for the Palm OS or Pocket Word (.psw) format for the Pocket PC
  • Export filter to LaTeX
  • Export filter to MediaWiki's wikitext

A common point of confusion is that mail merge to generate emails requires the Java API JavaMail in StarOffice; however, as of version 2.0.1, OpenOffice.org uses a Python-component instead.[71] Java Database Connectivity, or JDBC, is an API for the Java programming language that defines how a client may access a database. ... HSQL Database Manager HSQLDB is a relational database management system written in Java. ... ... BeanShell is a Java scripting language, invented by Pat Niemeyer. ... NetBeans refers to both a platform for the development of Java desktop applications, and an integrated development environment (IDE) developed using the NetBeans Platform. ... Palm OS is an embedded operating system initially developed by U.S. Robotics owned Palm Computing, Inc. ... Windows Mobile is a compact operating system for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices which run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, and Portable Media Centers. ... An O2 Pocket PC phone A Pocket PC, abbreviated P/PC or PPC, is a hardware specification for a handheld-sized computer (Personal digital assistant) that runs the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. ... This article is about the typesetting system. ... This article is about the wiki software. ... Wikitext as it is used in Wikipedia Wikitext language or wiki markup is a markup language that offers a simplified alternative to HTML and is used to write pages in wiki websites such as Wikipedia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... StarOffice is Sun Microsystems proprietary office suite software package. ... Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language. ...


Complementary software

OpenOffice.org provides replacement for MS Office's Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Equation Editor and Microsoft Visio. But to level the equivalent functionality from the rest of MS Office, OOo can be complemented with other open source programs such as: Microsoft Word is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... Microsoft Excel (full name Microsoft Office Excel) is a spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. It features calculation and graphing tools which, along with aggressive marketing, have made Excel one of the most popular microcomputer applications to date. ... Power point redirects here. ... Microsoft Office Access, previously known as Microsoft Access, is a relational database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software development tools. ... Equation Editor is a legacy formula editor developed by Design Science that allows users to construct math and science equations in a WYSIWYG environment. ... This article is about a software application. ...

Evolution or Novell Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution, prior to Novells 2003 acquisition of Ximian) is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions. ... Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. ... The Lightning project, announced on December 22, 2004 and currently in development by the Mozilla Foundation, is an extension that adds calendar and scheduling functionality to the Mozilla Thunderbird mail and newsgroups client. ... For the e-mail and news client bundled with certain versions of Microsoft Windows, see Outlook Express. ... OpenProj is an open source project intended as a complete desktop replacement for Microsoft Project, it can open existing native Project files. ... Microsoft Project (or MSP) is a project management software program developed and sold by Microsoft which is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. ... Scribus is a free, open source desktop publishing (DTP) application. ... Office Publisher 2003 Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Editing Interface Microsoft Office Publisher (previously and commonly known as Microsoft Publisher) is a desktop publishing application from Microsoft. ...

Issues

OpenOffice.org has been criticized for slow start times and extensive CPU and RAM usage in comparison to other competitive software such as Microsoft Office. In comparison, tests between OpenOffice.org 2.2 and Microsoft Office 2007 have found that OpenOffice.org takes approximately 2 times the processing time and memory to load itself along with a blank file; and took approximately 4.7 times the processing time and 3.9 times the memory to open an extremely large spreadsheet file.[72] Critics have pointed to excessive code bloat and OpenOffice.org's loading of the Java Runtime Environment as possible reasons for the slow speeds and excessive memory usage. However, since OpenOffice.org 2.2 the performance of OpenOffice.org has been improved dramatically[73]. A Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is a set of computer software programs and data structures which implements a specific virtual machine model. ...


One of the greatest challenges is its ability to be truly cross compatible with other applications. Unless documents are formatted using its native open document format (.odf), formatting becomes erratic. A .doc document formatted under OpenOffice.org, for example, is usually not displayed properly in Microsoft Office and can hamper production.


Sale of OpenOffice.org software

The GPL license under which OpenOffice.org is distributed allows unlimited use of the software for both home and business use,[74] including unlimited redistribution of the software. Several businesses sell the OpenOffice.org suite on auction websites such as eBay, offering value-added services such as 24/7 technical support, download mirrors, and CD mailing. However, often the 24/7 support offered is not provided by the company selling the software, but rather by the official OpenOffice.org mailing list.[75] Thus, there is no value added. While this may seem a rip-off, the GPL specifically allows this behavior and it therefore does not violate the copyrights in OpenOffice.org. This article is about the online auction center. ... To copy or imitate blatantly or unscrupulously This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ...


See also

Free software Portal

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