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[News] Sun on Free Kernels and Some New OpenOffice.org 3.1 Benchmarks

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Sun shines more light on Open Source Kernels

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| Sun Microsystems will hold its first-ever kernel conference in Australia 
| later this year. Perfect timing, says a company spokesperson, as more and 
| more companies turn to Open Source to remain innovative in harder economic 
| times.   


What was done in OOo 3.1?

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| Last week on 7 th of May OpenOffice.org 3.1 was released and more than 2 
| million users downloaded that version until now. OOo 3.1 is the first feature 
| release after the successful OOo 3.0 release 7 months ago. What was done in 
| that version. Here you can find the numbers beside the features described in 
| the “ what's new guide".     


Chart performance

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| Recently I did some performance measurements on charts. I used a big line 
| chart with 13 series each with 4000 data points. 



OpenOffice gets anti-aliasing, better commenting

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| The biggest change is that graphics viewed in OpenOffice are now
| anti-aliased, meaning graphics will appear smoother, especially when you
| place one shape over another. It's kind of surprising that OpenOffice hasn't
| supported this until now. File-locking has been improved, so if you're using
| the suite for cross-platform document sharing you should notice fewer
| glitches.


OpenOffice.org wiki overwhelmed in UI search

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| Yesterday Project Renaissance, OpenOffice.org's search for a new UI
| direction, opened for comments on the fifteen proposals currently submitted.
| Unfortunately, a posting on Slashdot meant that over 40,000 accesses happened
| in a short time, taking down the wiki.


Open Source Alternatives to Popular Software

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| One of the first things you are probably wondering about is the open source
| alternative to Microsoft Office. No worry needed here—OpenOffice.org (OOo)
| has been around for many years as a feasible substitution for just about any
| operating system. It includes Writer for word processing, Calc for
| spreadsheets, Impress for presentations, Draw for illustrating, and Base for
| databases.


OpenOffice.org 3.1: The next generation

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| The latest version of the open-source office suite OpenOffice.org 3.1 has
| just arrived, and it's a good one. While some of the improvements are visible
| to the naked eye, I found that the most important changes were hidden under
| the hood.
| What is it? OpenOffice.org 3.1 is a set of office productivity applications:
| Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation manager)
| and Base (database manager). It's missing an Outlook substitute, but
| otherwise it's a complete replacement for Microsoft Office. The suite is
| available as a free download for Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows; there
| are versions for most major languages.
| [...]
| Final verdict: I've been using OpenOffice.org for years now. With these
| performance and appearance improvements, I can see more users moving to this
| free office suite. In particular, I think anyone who does spreadsheets every
| day owes it to themselves to compare Calc and Excel. You'll be impressed.


OpenOffice package for public administration published in EU open source portal

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| The OpenOffice open source package for central and local government agencies
| published last year by the Ministry of Finance and the Association of Finnish
| Local and Regional Authorities has released a new software version. The
| software package is distributed in a new way too. It can be downloaded in the
| EU open source portal at Osor.eu.


OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?

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| The answer for many is OpenOffice.org, which has - after several push-backs -
| just released version 3.1. And the good news is that OpenOffice 3.1 meets the
| most important criterion of any software upgrade: It's considerably snappier
| than its predecessor.


Fresh Wind at Work: OpenOffice 3.1

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| Cute but astute: the new minor version of OpenOffice can do more than ever,
| such as cast shadows, position chart axes and provide structured
| conversations through comments.


Why Do I Use OpenOffice?

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| In addition, using OpenDocument Format as the default file format helps
| future-proof my documents. After the current producers of “office software”
| all move on to something else, will you have the right to create a program to
| read and manipulate your data in the formats it was saved in? Will you be
| forced to buy a license from someone? Or perhaps be required to use a
| particular operating system?


OpenOffice.org 3.1 arrives, improves user interface

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| The first major release of the 3.0 series of open source office suite
| OpenOffice.org, version 3.1, is now available with big improvements in
| usability and the user interface.


OpenOffice.org 3.1: Looking Sharp

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| The updated free office software suite includes more than 20 major changes to
| its five core applications. Perhaps the most striking new feature, however,
| is its use of anti-aliasing to render sharper charts, line art, and other
| graphical elements.


OpenOffice 3.1 Gets a Makeover

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| With 60 million downloads of its last version, open source office software
| aims to look better.


OpenOffice 3.1: The new features

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| Compared to its predecessors, OpenOffice 3.1 offers a whole range of new
| features. Instant eye catchers are the improved anti-aliasing for graphics,
| better chart functionality, and the new text highlighting in Writer. However,
| inconspicuous new features like custom document property fields and the
| OpenOffice User Feedback Program are just as interesting.


OpenOffice 3.1 officially arrives

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| After making its appearance on various mirrors, OpenOffice 3.1 has now
| officially been released.


Change Impress to improve all of OOo

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| If a proposed new concept works for Impress (that means that it stands up to
| the tests and usability evaluations in the prototyping phase of Project
| Renaissance) then that concept will be adopted for ALL of the office suite!


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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