OpenOffice.org unveils latest version open source suite

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OpenOffice.org unveils latest version open source suite

The OpenOffice.org organisation has announced the immediate availability of the 1.1.2 version of the open source office suite, codenamed Hakone, which will initially be available on the Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP), GNU/Linux (X86 and PowerPC) and Solaris (Sparc and X86) platforms.

In addition to English, builds for Czech, Danish, French, German, Japanese and Slovak are immediately available, with other locations following shortly.

The organisation said that this release demonstrates the resolve of the OpenOffice.org community to continuously improve and expand the functionality of the suite - arriving less than three months after version 1.1.1.

OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 introduces the FontOOo Autopilot, which downloads and installs fonts from various sources. In addition, it said, this release provides improved support for dBase database files, additional language support, and improved XML export facilities.

The suite, according to the terms of its Open Source licences (LGPL & SISSL), is free for all to use, improve, modify and to redistribute to anyone.

The organisation notes that the suite and its source code can be downloaded or obtained from one of the CD-Rom distributors.

Free end-user support for OpenOffice.org is provided by the community through mailing lists, forums and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels. Commercial support is also provided by Sun Microsystems and other organisations.

The annual OpenOffice.org conference will be held at Humboldt University, Berlin, from 24 September.

Written by Computing SA staff


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