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OpenOffice.org 2.0 Released

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the i-like-toys dept.

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Da Massive writes "The official release of OpenOffice.org 2.0 has been pushed to the download servers, as of Thursday the 20th." From the article: "OpenDocument is an XML file format for saving office documents such as spreadsheets, memos, charts, and presentations. It was approved as an OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) standard at the beginning of this year. OpenDocument, set as a default in OpenOffice, is cited by proponents as a way of fighting vendor lock-in associated with proprietary formats. Already, it is the required office format for internal archives of the US State of Massachusetts." You can download, or read past coverage including a preview or a comparison with MS Office. Update: 10/20 17:22 GMT by Z : Made date reference more topical.

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first? (-1, Offtopic)

mbishop (144065) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835803)

first?

It's on time! (5, Funny)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835804)

My milk hasn't expired yet.

you eeeeediot moderators (5, Informative)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835927)

Off topic my shiny metal ass... a simple google search for openoffice milk expired would have led you to this article. [slashdot.org] Now wait until after noon before you smoke any more crack.

Re:It's on time! (1)

Blimundus (909351) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836056)

My milk expired even before they made the milk announcement.

Re:It's on time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836057)

Yep this was a good joke in my book. Very good form. I laughed out loud when I read it :)

Re:It's on time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836147)

Good reference :)

Of course I have to say... I don't drink milk you insensitive lactose-tolerant clod!

fp for my bro (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835809)

dan needs no steenkin open office. please fill out your aiesec form. please!!!!

Excellent!!!! (2, Interesting)

RapidEye (322253) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835811)

I've been eagerly awaiting 2.0 Official release for 6 months - its about time!!!

Going to download and install it tonight - WOOT!

Re:Excellent!!!! (1)

MountainMan101 (714389) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835834)

So have I. I downloaded rc3 only yesterday though. Doesn't seem to be a 64 bit version yet - does anyone have any news about this?

Re:Excellent!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836115)

What the FUCK is UTC?

Re:Excellent!!!! (1)

ScottyUK (824174) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836190)

Coordinated Universal Time?

Re:Excellent!!!! (5, Informative)

Wornstrom (920197) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836145)

I push openoffice on anyone who asks me if I have a "copy" of office they can "install" on their new computer. Now with the more advanced Access style database stuff and general improvements, I couldn't imagine the "need" for MS Office anywhere. Except maybe in schools where the classes they teach on basic computer skills require that students have a copy of the latest version of Office. That is one thing that needs to be changed. Users are getting their basic education in productivity applications without any alternatives. Amazon is preselling the openoffice 2.x resource kit for $32.99, which comes with the cd with several versions (MS, Linux, Solaris, Apple) of OOo, plus macros and such. Might make a good gift for someone with the in-depth manual that explains how to do everything.

They promised... (5, Funny)

jferris (908786) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835812)

...it would be before my milk expired. Well, they are a day late. This is just udderly devastating.

Re:They promised... (5, Funny)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835853)

Better lait than never :-)

Re:They promised... (4, Funny)

Fullwin (626730) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836173)

Yeesh, don't have a cow, dude...

Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (2, Interesting)

dsginter (104154) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835814)

Can someone explain to me why the gang at OpenOffice can't create a printer for windows ala Adobe Acrobat in order to "Print to OpenDocument"?

This seems like the answer to all of the issues.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (3, Informative)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835863)

Because PDF has a lot in common with postscript.. PDF is basically postscript with more dynamic content (dynamic table of contents, hyperlinks etc) whereas postscript is purely concerned with appearance since it`s for printing.. So by doing a print to pdf (or print to postscript and ps2pdf) you can achieve a basic PDF without any of the more complex features... Often such PDF`s will be of very poor quality, and using rasterised text instead of properly rendered fonts for instance..
On the other hand OpenDocument is very much unsuited to being used in this way, you`d end up with pretty much everything (including text) being converted into images.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (4, Informative)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835874)

I guess the printed version would lack all logical markup. No problem if all you want to do is to view or print it, but a big problem if you want to work with it.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (1)

mcn (112855) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835900)

isn't that the purpose of the built-in filters? i suppose you mean some command line tools or simple gui to mass-convert documents to ODF?

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835924)

What would be their motivation to do something like that? Then people would just use MS office to print to open document instead of using OpenOffice. It doesn't need to be up to OpenOffice developers to solve this problem for Microsoft since they could just as easily add this feature, as it is an open standard.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (1)

LDoggg_ (659725) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836109)

What would be their motivation to do something like that?

Does it have to be microsoft?
Not rhetorical. Just curious about MS office's plugin architecture or lack thereof.

Having OpenDocument filters on MS Office would do wonders for spreading the use of OpenDocument. Imagine if there was a very small download for people to upgrade their MS office install with the new filters.
IMHO, once .doc is no longer the defacto standard, the use of OpenOffice.org even in corporate settings will skyrocket.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (5, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836016)

When you print from an application you essentially open a device context and send it a bunch of instructions to draw text here, a line there and so on. This can be captured PDF but is totally unsuitable to printing out an .odt file for instance. In the process of conversion you'd lose all meta info, any revision history, digital signatures, styles, hidden text, rulers, margins, links to other documents / graphics and basically anything else which goes to producing a document but doesn't appear in the end result. In short, a "Print to OpenDocument" would be worse than useless.

On the other hand, an import / export filter for MS Word to Open Document would be very useful. I assume that such a thing is quite possible, but how far along anyone is with producing such a thing (as open source), I have no idea.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (2, Interesting)

Chandon Seldon (43083) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836179)

The Microsoft Word import filter for OpenOffice is really good. It's significantly better than if you try to use a word document from the current version of Word in the last version.

Re:Solution to MS Office + OpenDocument (4, Informative)

julesh (229690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836052)

Can someone explain to me why the gang at OpenOffice can't create a printer for windows ala Adobe Acrobat in order to "Print to OpenDocument"?

Simply put, the reason is this:

Printers take layout-oriented information (e.g. 'this character goes at this precise position, a line is drawn from here to here, start a new page for everything from this point on', etc.) and print it to a page.

PDF takes similar layout-oriented information and displays it on screen, and gives you an option to print.

OpenDocument, like most other word processor formats, uses structural information (e.g. 'these words are grouped into a paragraph, this paragraph has a box around it, these paragraphs should be on the same page as each other'), not layout information.

It's not the same thing... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836096)

PDFs are created essentially by taking what amounts to a 'print preview' of a document which is usually sent to a printer driver, and turning it into postscript, then compressing it into a pdf. The document sent to the printer is uneditable since it is basically just an image. Therefore, unless you just want a big JPEG of your document saved inside an OpenDocument, what you're asking for is impossible.

Sorry.

10th? (3, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835816)

That's l33t speak for 20th? : )

Re:10th? (1)

craigmarshall (679127) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836060)

Are you sure they're not referring to rc3 that was released around the 10th? I think rc3 has now become 2.0, therefore anyone with rc3 doesn't need to do anything?

Craig

Beta first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835817)

This is the Open First Post. Everyone is welcome to download it and don't owe me anything for it.

Ehh (4, Insightful)

carguy84 (897052) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835818)

Did some one read the date wrong? 20/10/2005 is the 20th, not the 10th.

Can't help but wonder what kind of press release MSFT will put out today.

Re:Ehh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836035)

20/10/2005 is the 10th of Vicember in the USA.

Re:Ehh (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836084)

My favourite month is emacsember

Re:Ehh (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836081)

Did some one read the date wrong? 20/10/2005 is the 20th, not the 10th.

Probably an American. They'd look at that date and say "tenth of the twentieth month? WTF?" ;)

(Just like I keep wondering why everyone's going on about the 9th of November...)

Re:Ehh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836085)

It's an Australian website so like alot of the rest of the world they use dd/mm/yyyy as their date notation and not the rather backward (pun intended) american mm/dd/yyyy

Re:Ehh (5, Insightful)

Mjlner (609829) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836108)

"Did some one read the date wrong? 20/10/2005 is the 20th, not the 10th."

Argh... All these problems stemming from different systems. We non-US people always forget that the American year has 30 months (sometimes 31) and 12 days in a month.
In other news:
Rest of world still waiting for America to adopt the metric system

Sure, mod me a trolling flamebait, you humourless twat.

Re:Ehh (1)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836177)

several non-US countries use the mm/dd/yy format incorrectly, and put the day first.

why is this under Linux? (4, Interesting)

aurelian (551052) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835821)

Surely cross-platform nature of OO.o is the whole point?

Re:why is this under Linux? (5, Insightful)

Iriel (810009) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835981)

I see your point, but keep in mind that when OO.o has been a major factor in companies switching from Windows systems to Linux ones.

"What will happen to all our Word documents, and spreadsheets, oh! oh! and what about PowerPoint?"
Say it with me together now: OpenOffice!

Yes, MSOffice compatibility has become a nearly ubiquitous feature by now, but not too many offices switch from Windows to use Joe. So the strength it has given to the Linux community as an alternative to 'get everyday tasks done' can't be stated enough. Hence, this appears in the Linux section of Slashdot.

This public service annoucement was brought to you by penguins, and a OSS/Linux advocate.

Re:why is this under Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836033)

I would think it's probably because that most people using Windows haven't even heard of OpenOffice before?

Speaking of milk... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835829)

Directly after the release this morning, Mad Penguin published a lengthy interview with OOo's Lois Suarez-Potts which represents part 3 of their OpenOffice.org interview series [madpenguin.org] (part 1 [slashdot.org] and 2 [slashdot.org] were covered previously on Slashdot). The article is 3 pages long but an excellent read all the same.

Bittorrent / P2P download links (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835830)

Re:Bittorrent / P2P download links (2, Informative)

youngerpants (255314) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835889)

However, these bittorrent downloads still point to the 2.0b product, not the new release

Re:Bittorrent / P2P download links (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835947)

What is the filename of the 2.0b product? The torrent page that I linked to [slashdot.org] has a filename of 2.0.0.

Re:Bittorrent / P2P download links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835903)

Bittorrent and Slashdot... the ultimate combination. It does not get better than this.

Re:Bittorrent / P2P download links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836130)

Thursday the 10th? (1, Funny)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835840)

The 10th was on a Monday. Or will the release be next month when the 10th actually falls on Thursday?

I'm confused because the editors didn't even do the smallest amount of fact-checking. Thanks, guys!

OpenOffice 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835841)

... will be the suite by which all others in your life will be judged, and found wanting.

MS Office will catch up (4, Funny)

krygny (473134) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835842)

Soon, MS Office will have native support for PDF (like OOo has always had). Now, all they have to do is add support for ODF, give it away free along with the source code, and it will be almost as good as OOo.

OSX (4, Interesting)

fatwreckfan (322865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835856)

It'd be nice if they released a build for OSX. The only 2.0 build they've had for as long as I've been checking is a development build in french.

Re:OSX (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836020)

I think that is a bug in their website. if you go to one of the mirrors http://carroll.aset.psu.edu/pub/openoffice/contrib /MacOSX/ [psu.edu] you will see that this is an english version 1.9.130. Note that OO.o is not yet stable in OS 10, this is still a development version. Personally, I have not had any problems using it, but I do find it to be slower compared to other platforms. The lack of integrated Carbon/Cocoa/etc steers me away. OSX is supposed to be pretty IMAO! Nonetheless, kudos to the OO.o team on a significant accomplishment.

Re:OSX (1)

Walrus99 (543380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836037)

Yes, how can they say there is a "Bias towards Apple" when we can't even get Open Office on OS X. And don't tell me to use X-11, I tried it and its way to complicated.

Re:OSX (1)

ev3rywh3re (574058) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836123)

The build for M113(?) using Apple's X11 is out there, but you either have to be on the dev-porting list, or surf the dev-porting archives to know how to find it. I'd throw out a link, but you should read the threads anyway so you know what you are getting into. It's been been working fine for me since build M103 I think.

Torrent Links (4, Insightful)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835857)

This page [openoffice.org] has bittorrent links.

Re:Torrent Links (4, Funny)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835989)

You've got to just love P2P for things like this. My country mirror is already doing a good impression of a three legged dog but the torrent has more seeds than a farmer at harvest time.

Re:Torrent Links (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836152)

70% Insightful? Shouldn't this be 100% Informative?

Mac OS X (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13835865)

No support for the Mac OS X is a show stopper for me. :(

Re:Mac OS X (4, Informative)

fernique (754349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835901)

May be to use NeoOffice [neooffice.org] instead?

Congratulations Open Office folks!!! (3, Informative)

MCHammer (110588) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835867)

A great accomplishment. I've been using the product for a couple of years now and really love it. My wife's entire business is based on Open Office as well. Thanks for all of the hard work!

rc2? (1)

fernique (754349) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835871)

Are there any major changes between RC2 and release?

Looks Great! (2, Insightful)

B11 (894359) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835879)

I'm upgrading tonight.

After using OO for nearly 6 months, I wonder why anyone is still using MS Office? Is it habit? If it is its like cigarettes, an expensive habit to keep that is bad for you.

Slow as molasses (1)

moronikos (595352) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835918)

Well the startup time is awfully slow for OO Writer. I'd rather use MS Word or AbiWord.

Re:Looks Great! (2, Insightful)

Solr_Flare (844465) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836061)

It's habit and name. Your average Joe doesn't like a lot of change. For the longest time MS Office was "the" way to go. So, it is easy to get latched on to the software suite because you know the name and software.

That said, more and more people are slowly switching over to OO or an equivilant, in large part because they are free versus MS's insane pricing of MS office. The trick is getting people to make the leap to try it out. But once they do they usually go "Hey, this works pretty good, and you can't beat free."

Re:Looks Great! (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836107)

After using OO for nearly 6 months, I wonder why anyone is still using MS Office?

* Word 97 starts much faster than OO.o 1.1. Don't know about other versions though.
* OO.o 1.1 cannot load a lot of Word documents correctly.
* OO.o 1.1 cannot load WordPerfect documents at all.

I'm hoping the above have been fixed for 2.0. :)

Re:Looks Great! (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836161)

Cause Word doesn't segfault when trying to load a .png into a report. Happened to me several days ago. I was writing a report on my linux box at work, tried inserting .png files into the document. First two worked fine, third one segfaulted the program. No autosave, no graceful exit. Generally word gives some indication when it is going to crap out, and/or has an autosaved copy.

This was with a recent (stable) copy.

-everphilski-

I for one, welcome our bittorrent OO.o overlords. (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835883)

BitTorrent [openoffice.org] I'm downloading it right now. I've used the beta and RC1 version for months now, and I've only seen it crash once, and I've used it on various computers.

A million Microsoft shareholders cried out in pain today.

Real work just got easier today. (4, Funny)

rheotaxis (528103) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835894)

I feel a productivity surge bubbling up inside me.

Re:Real work just got easier today. (3, Funny)

the unbeliever (201915) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835945)

Nah, dude, it's just gas.

Grrrr (4, Funny)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835908)

I don't believe it! I only downloaded and installed RC3 4 hours ago. Grrrr.

Re:Grrrr (1)

krygny (473134) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836046)

I don't know, but I don't think there is any functional difference.

Re:Grrrr (5, Informative)

sucker_muts (776572) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836072)

No problem, apart from it's name, RC3 is 100% identical as 2.0.

They just updated the version number thoughout and made sure beta was mentioned nowhere anymore. Once they were sure no (major) bugs were found in the latest beta they could push it as a final version.

Just keep your RC3, it's the same as 2.0 final.

Must not be for real (5, Funny)

Odocoileus (802272) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835917)

It is not in portage yet, therefore it must not exist.

Re:Must not be for real (2, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836038)

Real men unmask their portage packages.

Office Key... (5, Interesting)

Buddy_DoQ (922706) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835934)

I just recently restored my laptop, and rather than go fishing for my MS Office 2001 disk with the faded product key, I opted to give OpenOffice.org a shot. For me, a casual .doc reader who just needs something light and quick to open and read with, OO.org is a great solution. It does just about everything a cheap guy like me could want. Plus I didn't have to dig in that dreaded closet of PC past and type in a cd key I can barely make out anymore. I had no idea a new version was coming out so soon, so this is great news to me! I even began spreading whispers about it at work, it may not be the juicy Lost roundtable, but a free alternative to something Microsoft for our Macs always perks some ears.

Re:Office Key... (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836127)

For me, a casual .doc reader who just needs something light and quick to open and read with, OO.org is a great solution.

If you only want to display MSOffice documents, MS have a free download of a viewer program on their web site. It's lighter and faster than OO.o, and probably opens a larger percentage of docs correctly.

Speed (1)

aerthling (796790) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835952)

I've been using OpenOffice 2.0 betas and RCs for about 5 or 6 months, and the only gripe I have with it (apart from the occasional crashes) are that it's noticably slower than Word 2003. However, that probably has something to do with my aging Duron 1200+.

Re:Speed (0, Troll)

Tomchu (789799) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836053)

No. It doesn't have anything to do with your Duron 1200. It *is* slower than Office 2003. The lower the speed of your processor, the more pronouncable the difference will be -- but the reason OpenOffice is slower than Word 2003 isn't because of your Duron, unless AMD has somehow managed to pick out OpenOffice code and slow it down deliberately, on the silicon. :)

Re:Speed (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836163)

[...] it's noticably slower than Word 2003. However, that probably has something to do with my aging Duron 1200+.

Hah! I've been using it on my PII-400. 1200! I should be so lucky.

one complaint (1)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835964)

i've always had one complaint, that the whole thing loads on startup. why can't they separate the components? i know it is a petty thing to ask for, but it would reduce the startup times alot, plus, how many times do you need every tool? if MS did anything right, it was to load only what's essential, then load everything else later. yeah, they preload alot of libraries, and most users don't know it, but word starts quick even on a P2 or P3. OO.org is a dog compared to it. since what was it, 5.2, they got rid of the desktop thingy which was a joke. i like abiword because it loads fast. i also have used pages and it rocks.

Re:one complaint (1)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836118)

I don't think that's petty at all. I don't use OO currently .. but that is one reason that I'm aprehensive about starting it.

I don't use a lot of office tools. Mostly I use a spreadsheet for updating some statistics every day .. but aside from e-mail (which I use Thunderbird for) that's pretty much the only "office"-type tool I use regularly. Excel loads pretty instant on my computer. If I had to wait for everything in Office to load just to open a spreadsheet and update some stats I would find something else.

I do use a word processor every now and again .. but the sheer thought of having to wait for every office app to load just to type up a quick document and print it or whatever makes me cringe. MS Word loads almost instantly on my PC.

ahhhh..... (1)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835974)

....dammit. I just deployed the 2.0 rc on several systems where I work. Now I have to go touch them all again...
Good thing they pay me by the hour.

Re:ahhhh..... (1)

MRoharr (243317) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836112)

i did the same yesterday. too bad i don't get paid by the hour.

Linux? (1)

MetalliQaZ (539913) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835986)

How is this linux? OO.org runs on linux, BSD, Windows, OSX... Yet, it gets the linux tag?

-d

It's in RPMs (2)

Nimey (114278) | more than 8 years ago | (#13835992)

Has anyone repackaged it in a straight tarball? This is inconvenient for people who use other distributions.

Re:It's in RPMs (2, Informative)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836097)

Try here [openoffice.org] - seems to be .tar.gz, about to download now ..... :-)

Still dissapointed, but happy (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836003)

I wish they made the Linux version's icons look more like those of StarOffice on Windows. I find those of OpenOffice.org huge and not that pleasant to look at. Plus, the text lokks blurry...why?

Re:Still dissapointed, but happy (1)

Mjlner (609829) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836164)

"Plus, the text lokks blurry...why?"

Bartender! I'm having whatever this guy is drinking!

U.S.S.M. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836012)

In Soviet Massachusetts, office format requires you!!!!1

Re:U.S.S.M. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836171)

It's been a while since I laughed at one of these... I didn't with this one either.

Which Thursday? (0, Redundant)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836015)

You mean today? The 20th? Or November 10, which is also a Thursday?

Fantastic (5, Funny)

damm0 (14229) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836031)

This is great! Congratulations to the OpenOffice folks. Now all OpenOffice needs is a good vi keymap.

Slackware howto? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836041)

I'll just paste the request I sent to groklaw (they had the news first!)
----
I'd love to install it - I've downloaded the .tar.gz both at home and at work.

But it seems to me there are no install instructions beyond "unpack the
rpms".

What happened to the nice installer previous versions of Openoffice had? I don't
remember difficulties installing 1.2 or 1.4 on my machines (all slackware in
case you were wondering).

Please please please can someone tell me if it is possible to install OOo 2.0 on
slack 10.0?

"Linux: OpenOffice.org 2.0 Released" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836043)

It's only released for Linux? When do the Solaris, Windows, Be, Unix, and Mac versions come out?

FTA: "OpenOffice.org 2.0 runs natively on Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (X11). Other platforms are also supported."

They're out? I'm confused... or maybe Zonk is.

Too late (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836045)

I've already thrown out my milk cartons. I wonder what date was on them: 10/20/05 or 20/10/05?

OO2beta crashes (1)

pekoe (623399) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836068)

OO2beta has been excellent for me, with exception of table pasting suckage and crash issues [xminc.com] which I have experienced. If they've fixed these as well, well that's just wonderful. I use the Windows version.

Re:OO2beta crashes (2, Funny)

psbrogna (611644) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836160)

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?

Looks like they didn't solve the Java problem (4, Informative)

raitchison (734047) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836091)

I have the distinct feeling I'll be losing some Karma for saying this but I'm REALLY disappointed that they didn't solve the Java issue.

According to the System Requirements [openoffice.org] page it still requires the Sun JVM.

Last I heard (admittedly sometime last year) they had found a likely solution in the ability to compile the Java stuff into binary for each platorm, I guess that didn't pan out.

I've said it before but I really don't see the advantage of having an OSS product if you are still dependent on a definitively non-open product. Ofr course I know it's completely different sice Sun isn't evil like Microsoft is.

Re:Looks like they didn't solve the Java problem (1)

amrust (686727) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836143)

You just hit on the ONLY knock I've had with OO since I discovered it.

I agree they need to move away from Java, ASAP.

Linux AMD64 port pleeeeease! (3, Interesting)

caluml (551744) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836102)

I'm hoping to be able to run v2 on my AMD64 box sometime - but reports of it even compiling are pretty sketchy, and it runs like a dog, unless you disable java in the build. (Why are the words java and slow always appearing in the same sentence...)
Anyone know of any AMD64 v2 binary packages until that time? (Binary - I feel dirty saying that word.)

Adoption WIll Still Be Slow (1)

alucinor (849600) | more than 8 years ago | (#13836131)

... in America at least. But overseas, where Microsoft is viewed as a foreign entity, migration to ODF, and by effect, OpenOffice, will be swift.

I think more American companies will begin migrating to ODF as a web-services ecosystem builds up around the format. Everyone who thinks that "web office" is a good idea is silly, silly, IMHO. Instead, what's really exciting is the ability of ODF to accomplish in a real way what everyone thought barebones XML was going to do for inter-company document processing.

Cool API, could become web services stack (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13836194)

For those who don't know, openoffice has an excellent API. It will run in server mode with an open port on the server so you can query it and perform almost any operation including File conversion, pdf export, calculations, etc. Check it out!

http://api.openoffice.org/ [openoffice.org]

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