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OpenOffice_org 3.0rc2 available

September 24th, 2008 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org rc2 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project.

The package still not final and might include even serious bugs. Therefore it is not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

We kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs.

Note: openSUSE-11.1-beta1 and FACTORY include totaly reworked packages where the build is split into many source packages. It is very broken right now. I would like to put it into the Build Service after I solve the most annoying problems. It might take one or two months. The new packages will also provide some extra OOo extensions.

Where to Get It

The packages are provided by the OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE installation repository.

Installation Problems

There are some problems with the version update on older distributions. You might need to select the right version by hand.


The packages with localizations are renamed from OpenOffice_org-<lang> to OpenOffice_org-l10n-<lang>. Also the localized help content is split into the optional OpenOffice_org-help-<lang> packages. Finally, the American localization is split into extra packages OpenOffice_org-l10n-en-US and OpenOffice_org-help-en-US.

We are sorry, the 64-bit packages are not available for SLED10 and openSUSE-10.2. You could install the 32-bit (i586) instead. We hope to solve the build problems within the following weeks.

Bug Reports

Please report the bugs into the Novell bugzilla for the product OpenOffice_org 2.0. Do not forget to mention enough information about the problem.

Changes in This Version

The detailed summary of the GO-OO project changes are in the NEWS document.

General Information About the Build

The build is based on the GO-OO project. It includes lots bug fixes, features
and optimizations in compare with the regular OpenOffice.org build:

  • better startup performance
  • improved VBA interoperability
  • improved import filters (OOXML, WordPerfect)
  • additional import filters (SVG, WordPerfect Graphics, Microsoft Works, …)
  • native KDE Open/Save dialog
  • WebDAV locking
  • new 3D slide transitions
  • multimedia in Impress via GStreamer
  • multiple formula syntax (Calc A1, Excel A1 and Excel R1C1)

, see also the discover page.

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