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  • Richard Jobity
    OpenOffice 1.0 is out, and here s the announcement. OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES OPENOFFICE.ORG 1.O: FREE OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE Global Community
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2002
      OpenOffice 1.0 is out, and here's the announcement.

      OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES OPENOFFICE.ORG 1.O: FREE OFFICE
      PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE

      Global Community Builds Full-Featured Office Suite With Revolutionary
      Momentum

      May 1, 2002 - The OpenOffice.org community (www.openoffice.org) today
      announced the availability of OpenOffice.org 1.0, the open source,
      multi-platform, multi-lingual office productivity suite available as
      a
      free download at the OpenOffice.org community website. OpenOffice.org
      1.0 is the culmination of more than 18 months of collaborative effort
      by
      members of the OpenOffice.org community, which is comprised of Sun
      employees, volunteer developers, marketers, and end users working to
      create an international office suite that will run on all major
      platforms.

      OpenOffice.org 1.0, which shares the same code base as Sun's
      StarOffice
      [tm] 6.0 software is � like StarOffice 6.0 software � a full-featured
      office suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft
      Office. OpenOffice.org 1.0 offers software freedom, enabling a free
      market for service and support, while the Sun-branded product,
      StarOffice 6.0 software, offers 24x7 fee-based support and training
      for
      consumers and businesses, along with deployment and migration
      services.
      StarOffice software also offers additional features, such as a
      database,
      special fonts and Sun quality and assurance testing. The two office
      suites complement each other, meeting the varying needs of consumers,
      open source advocates and enterprise customers.

      "OpenOffice.org 1.0 may be the single best hope for consumers fed-up
      with Microsoft's desktop monopoly," said Eric Raymond, co-founder of
      the
      Open Source Initiative (OSI). "With Sun moving to a full service and
      support business model for StarOffice software, users around the
      globe
      will continue to have a free office productivity software tool
      through
      the OpenOffice.org open source community."

      The OpenOffice.org 1.0 office suite features key desktop applications

      including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing
      programs � in more than 25 languages. In addition, OpenOffice.org 1.0
      works transparently with a variety of file formats, enabling users
      familiar with other office suites, such as Microsoft Office and
      StarOffice software, to work seamlessly in the application. The
      OpenOffice.org 1.0 software runs stably and natively on multiple
      platforms, including Linux, PPC Linux, Solaris [tm], Windows and many
      other flavors of Unix.

      OpenOffice.org is the largest open source project with more than 7.5
      million lines of code. To date, more than 4.5 million downloads of
      earlier versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0 have taken place. With the
      release of the 1.0 version, the OpenOffice.org community expects that
      number to grow significantly as businesses and individuals around the
      world explore the free alternative to proprietary office suites.
      The OpenOffice.org Community
      In less than two years, the OpenOffice.org community has grown to
      more
      than 10,000 volunteers, working together to build 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. Sun initiated this effort by
      donating the StarOffice software source code and engineering to the
      OpenOffice.org community. One of the major benefits of
      community-based
      development is peer review, which has resulted in a stable, secure
      and
      flexible software package.

      Participants in the Community work on projects ranging from code
      development to porting and localization, to bug reporting,
      documentation, product marketing, local language sites and mirror
      sites for software download.
      "There are many important roles that volunteer developers can play to
      shape the future functionality of OpenOffice.org (OOo) so if you are
      looking for someplace to contribute, OOo can use you," said Kevin
      Hendricks, a key contributor to the OpenOffice.org community since
      its
      inception nearly two years ago. Hendricks has lead volunteer
      development
      teams for both the OpenOffice.org 1.0 spellchecker and PPC Linux port
      projects.

      "When OpenOffice.org was released, it was a tremendous amount of code
      with a very deep history, and thus we knew it would take a lot of
      time
      and effort to reach a critical mass of community participation," said
      Brian Behlendorf, CTO and co-founder, CollabNet. "The project has now
      attracted a significant amount of outside involvement, some of it in
      pretty interesting areas like marketing and quality assurance. With
      the
      release of 1.0, it's clear those efforts are bearing real fruit.
      Congratulations to the community -- and to Sun -- for making this
      happen."

      CollabNet's SourceCast application enables both centralized and
      geographically distributed software development teams to collaborate
      on
      OpenOffice.org projects and to track them accurately. SourceCast is
      the
      premier Web-based collaboration environment, which includes an
      integrated set of software development applications. CollabNet also
      provides strategic advice on open source issues and the growth of
      OpenOffice.org, and offers analysis on current trends within the
      community.

      "OpenOffice.org may be the most important open source project right
      now,� said Miguel de Icaza, founder of the GNOME project. �Because
      people will try it and see they can get everyday work done without
      giving more money to Microsoft, they'll see -- in a low-risk way --
      that
      open source software can work for them and be an even better
      solution.�

      About OpenOffice.org
      OpenOffice.org is the home of the open source project and its
      community
      of developers, users and marketers responsible for the on-going
      development of the OpenOffice.org 1.0 product. The mission of
      OpenOffice.org is to create, as a community, the leading
      international
      office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access
      to
      all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an
      XML-based file format. Additional ports, such as FreeBSD, IRIX and
      Mac
      OS X are in various stages of completion by developers and end-users
      in
      the OpenOffice.org community. OpenOffice.org 1.0 is written in C++
      and
      has documented API's licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public
      License (LGPL) and Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL) open
      source licenses.

      About CollabNet
      CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative
      software
      development by combining a Web-based software application with a
      suite
      of consulting services. Using these solutions, customers can
      collaborate
      on development projects within an enterprise, with customers,
      business
      partners, or with third party developer organizations, such as
      industry
      specific or open source communities. CollabNet enables corporations
      to
      reduce costs and increase revenues by bringing different project team
      members together, regardless of their location. CollabNet is
      currently
      working with customers ranging from hardware and software providers
      to
      companies from industries such as financial services, wireless, and
      pharmaceuticals. Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software
      Foundation, established CollabNet in July 1999. For more information,
      see http://www.collab.net

      About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
      Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW)
      to
      its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware,
      software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in
      more
      than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

      � 2002 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.

      Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, StarOffice, Solaris and "The
      Network Is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of
      Sun
      Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.





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