Apache OpenOffice 3.4 release marks new milestone

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  1. Darwin

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    Great news folks...


    That's the number of days since there's been a major release of OpenOffice.org. Today, that calendar can get set back to zero, with the announced release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4--a release that may dispel recent notions about the viability of the project's parent organization.

    The 3.4 release marks the first release of OpenOffice under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation, where the OpenOffice project is still classified as an incubator project. Within the ASF, all new-to-the-Foundation projects have this status, as their coding, licensing, and governance practices are shifted to the ASF's standards.

    There was some speculation amongst the punditry that with the first new release of Apache OpenOffice the podling project would be "upgraded" to full project status, but that did not happen. It might be tempting to speculate as to why this might be the case, but I am personally not reading anything into this: goodness knows the OpenOffice developers and community has enough on their plates getting OpenOffice updated and in compliance with the ASF.

    According to the release notes, there are several new features within today's 3.4 release. On the technical side, many of the changes in the final release appear in all of the applications of the office suite, with some welcome changes to the printing system and the inclusion of a new Gstreamer multimedia framework on Linux systems so you can actually play embedded multimedia content within an Impress presentation--a bugaboo that's bitten me a few times over the years.


    More here: http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/275568/apache-openoffice-34-release-marks-new-milestone

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