Title: OpenOffice.org Newsletter
OpenOffice.org Newsletter

February 2010

The Community needs your help!

There are dozens of opportunities to support the community and you do not have to be a developer to help out. Here are just two out of many examples:

Are you interested in marketing?
Go ahead and help the OpenOffice.org marketing project!
Help spread the word and by the way it looks good in your resume.

Do you like to write articles or short manuals ?
The documentation project is always looking for new and exciting articles.

Don't be shy and start volunteering today!

OpenOffice.org 3.2 is available for download

The OpenOffice.org Community today announced the release of the latest version of OpenOffice.org 3.2. Version 3.2 gets to work faster, offers new and improved functions, offers better compatibility with other office software, and fixes bugs and potential security vulnerabilities.
A full guide to new features is available at OpenOffice.org.

Success Stories

iTWire: LCA 2010: Kiwis to give FOSS desktop a go

The solution put together includes Ubuntu as the desktop O-S, Firefox as the browser, OpenOffice.org as the office suite and Alfresco as the content management system. Read More »

Danish Parliament says: ODF is in, OOXML can apply later!

The Danish Parliament has decided to create a list of allowed standards. The standards MUST be implemented before end 2011.
(Translated)  Read More »

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Featured News

Ethiopian: Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

Microsoft: ... OpenOffice.org now figures almost as largely in the competitive landscape as does GNU/Linux, and the fact there are no less than *13* “district Linux and Open Office Compete Leads” focussing on what is described as “one of the biggest issues” for no less a person than Steve Ballmer.  Read More »

NYTimes: Oracle to Live the Life Quixotic With Sun Products

For one, Oracle plans to keep putting support behind OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source productivity suite that competes with Office from Microsoft.  Read More »

webmasterpro: International OpenOffice.org market shares

OpenOffice.org suite and its derivatives has market share of more than 20% in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. 10% and higher in 11 countries.  Read More »

SoftSea.com: OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org is a free, Open Source alternative to MS Office with a Word compatible word processor, a complete Excel compatible spread sheet program and a Power Point like presentation software and drawing program and also allows saving to PDF file.
Read More »

LinuxMag: Norwegian Broadcasting Moves to OO.o and ODF

Norway's national broadcasting and TV facility NRK is intent on using the Open Document Format as a standard and is therefore changing its clients over to OO.o.  Read More »

ZDNet: OpenOffice complaints from Danish "Students"

According to Frank Basanta, director of technology for Systems Solutions, a New York-based integrator, OpenOffice.org is seeing more adoption because of its increased interoperability with Office
Read More »

Computerworld: Is OO.o a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run.  Read More »

GullFOSS: Project Renaissance Impress Improvements - Found the required slide layout yet?

As indicated in the previous posts, we have started to redesign a few really basic interactions in OpenOffice.org Impress in order to reduce the overall complexity of the UI.  Read More »

GullFOSS: New UI for OpenOffice.org? When? 

I know some of you read the title and thought “Oh cool! I'm dying for a new user interface (UI). When will it finally be ready?”.
Read More »

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Tips & Tricks

LinuxJournal: Designing Pages in OpenOffice.org Writer

The average person may change the paper orientation from portrait to landscape, or narrow the margins to squeeze more words into a page, but not much else.  Read More »

DMITRI POPOV: Managing Bibliographies with OO.o and Zotero

If OpenOffice.org’s own bibliography feature doesn’t really cut it for you, you have several choices.  Read More »

Linux.com:  Lesser known, but very helpful features in OpenOffice.org Writer

Anyone using Linux (or any operating system for that matter) should know about the OpenOffice.org office suite. Read More »

Solveig Haugland: The somewhat variable helpfulness of the Function List in Calc, and how to get the full syntax

I'm a big fan of the function list palette, as a list of functions. Choose Insert > Function List and the palette of all functions will appear. Read More »

Solveig Haugland: Copying multiple sheets at once in Calc spreadsheets

If you try to select several sheets in a spreadsheet, then right-click to copy, all but one come unselected.  Read More »

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OpenDocument (ODF)

The H: Munich administration switches to ODF Format

deputy project leader Florian Schießl  has posted on his blog, open source OpenDocument Format (ODF) is now the main document exchange standard, with PDF being used for non-editable files.
Read More »

Register: Danes ditch Microsoft, take ODF road - at last

The Danish Parliament has agreed to ditch some Microsoft-based software in favour of the ODF standard from April next year.  Read More »

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Solution of the month

Screenwright(R) screenplay formatting template

This free Writer template, winner of a cash prize in
the Sun Microsystems/OO.o Community Innovation Program
Awards competition, will format your movie script to industry
standards. Other formatters include: sitcom, theater/stage play, and
audio-visual dual-column corporate video / industrial film. A4 and
Letter versions. Read More »

Please Note:

This section introduces a single solution which provides a OO.o integration or based on OO.o technology. The idea behind it is to  support vendors who have an OO.o integration.

Drop us an email, if you want to have your solution listed.

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