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[News] [Rival] OpenOffice.org Share Large Even on Microsoft's Own Turf

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] OpenOffice.org Share Large Even on Microsoft's Own Turf
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:08:07 +0100
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Windows Pulse Finds 12% Use OpenOffice

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| InfoWorld runs an article titled Windows Pulse: The Real-World State of Windows, 
| in which they report the results from a network of machines that voluntarily 
| downloaded a reporting application. How the machines were chosen was not 
| specified, and the sample size of 20,000 may not provide an accurate picture of 
| global trends, but the data shows OpenOffice installed on 12% of those machines, 
| which looks like great progress!


Open-office apps doomed without a major rethink of their strategy and purpose

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| I happen to think that Microsoftâs OOXML shouldnât be called an âopen standardâ. 
| Itâs not about âopenâ itâs about âclosedâ itâs not about the âfutureâ itâs about 
| the past.
| The development of OOXML must have been like driving a car using only the rear-| 
| view mirror to tell where youâre going. Itâs a nasty kluge designed to serve the 
| dual purposes of reinforcing Microsoftâs virtual monopoly and providing some 
| backward (backward in every sense of the word) compatibility. I also object to 
| the shenanigans associated with the OSI process â but I do feel obliged to note 
| that the activity of filling committee rooms with your supporters wasnât invented 
| by Microsoft â many other vendors have âstuffedâ meetings in the past in order to 
| sway votes, and many more will in the future.
| I think ODF is better. As a format ODF is technically better conceived, and while 
| there are still some areas where further development is required it is a rich, 
| flexible and thoroughly usable technology. The fundamental âOOXML beaterâ is its 
| genuine openness and extensibility.



MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org 1.0 GA

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| MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org 1.0 has been released. This first GA
| release supersedes any previous Alpha and Beta releases.
| The driver can be used in OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 and the upcoming
| OpenOffice.org 3.2 to connect to a MySQL server, versions 5.1 and later.

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