Bug stalls OpenOffice anniversary launch


Bug stalls OpenOffice anniversary launch

Antony Savvas

The discovery of a bug at the eleventh hour has delayed the launch of the open source OpenOffice.org collaboration suite for another week.

Version 2.0 of the software, designed to compete against Microsoft’s Office suite, was supposed to have been launched yesterday, the fifth anniversary of the suite’s existence.

However, a graphics-reading bug has delayed the launch until at least next Thursday.

OpenOffice.org is backed by Sun Microsystems among others. While OpenOffice.org is free, Sun Microsystems sells a scaled up version with more features, under the StarOffice brand.

Version 2.0 will include support for the open source Open Document Format (ODF) for handling documents.

ODF is seen as a viable alternative to Adobe’s PDF format, which Microsoft recently said it would support in its forthcoming Office 12 suite.

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