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[News] OpenOffice.org Not the Only Game in Town for GNU/Linux Users

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10 free Linux alternatives to OpenOffice.org

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| OpenOffice.org has a reputation for being the premiere office suit for the 
| Linux platform. Maybe so but these days, it’s not exactly a lean slab of 
| software anymore, particularly if you just want to try a component and don’t 
| actually want the whole box and dice. Netbooks are one device category that 
| comes to mind, for sure.    
| But what are the alternatives? The reality is, for better or worse, the world 
| is still dominated by Microsoft’s Office so any alternatives must have at 
| least .doc (Word) and .xls (Excel) support. You could argue that beyond that, 
| support for anything else is a bonus. Even if you don’t want or need MS  
| support, there are days when a quick message doesn’t require a complete 
| office suite to unleash itself onto your unsuspecting PC.    


KSpread is very handy for simple and fast stuff. Choice is great.


Proofreading in OpenOffice.org

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| Grammar checking is a feature that was missed in OpenOffice.org for quite
| some time. Grammar checking software for several languages is available,
| either as standalone tools or integrated into other programs. I prefer the
| name “proofreading” for this kind of software, as usually these programs go
| beyond checking grammar. Some offer style checking, others may check text
| against abstract rules. In general the task for this kind of software is to
| check and improve text regarding anything else than simple spell checking
| (though it makes sense to include spell checking into the process as this
| helps to analyze the text).


OpenOffice 3.0.1 Released

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| The OpenOffice.org project team have released OpenOffice 3.0.1 to the general
| public. Version 3.0.1 for Windows was leaked early by FileHippo on Monday,
| but now is officially available for download from the OpenOffice.org website
| and its mirrors. The new release of the open source office suite includes
| several bug fixes to repair some of the more major issues, such as fixing
| when auto-recovery does not recover the previously auto-saved document
| version, but the last one which was regularly saved, along with other smaller
| fixes.


New Chart features in OpenOffice.org 3.1

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| Interested in the new Chart features that will be available in OOo 3.1? Have
| a look...


Making menus a little nicer

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| So now that code freeze for 3.1 is almost upon us, work for 3.2 begins. As a
| first little step I looked through some old issues and noticed Issues 42227
| and 48965 which I must admit went a little under in the load of my intray.
| The problem described in there is basically an aesthetic one: currently menus
| reserve two "columns" for checkmarks and item images, because menu items can
| be checked as well as have an image and both should be reflected of course in
| the display. But this creates a large area where most of the time nothing
| appears on the left of the menu, making the menu look clunkier than
| necessary.


New Features in OpenOffice.org 3.1, an Early Look

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| OpenOffice.org 3.1 is 65 days away, and developers are finishing up more than
| 1000 issues targeted for this Microsoft-Office-killer packing an army of new
| features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

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