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OpenOffice_org 3.0.1 beta1 available

December 15th, 2008 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org 3.0.1 beta1 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project.

The packages are still beta versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are 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.

Other information and plans:

I have also updated the packages in the <a href=”http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories#OpenOffice.org_STABLE”>OpenOffice:org:STABLE</a> project to the version <em>3.0.0.3.6</em>. It fixes some annoying problems that were included in the <em>OOo-3.0 final</em> version. It would have made sense to put there the <em>3.0.0.9</em> version from <em>openSUSE-11.1</em> but it was not tested on older distributions in the <em>UNSTBALE</em> project, so I rather used the more conservative <em>3.0.0.3.x</em> branch. In each case, it will get replaced with <em>OOo-3.0.1</em> final version once it is ready. It should happen in the middle of January.

The <a href=”http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories#OpenOffice.org_UNSTABLE”>OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE</a> project is currently used for the <em>OOo-3.0.1</em> beta testing. I’ll put there <em>OOo-3.1-alpha </em>after we move the <em>OOo-3.0.1</em> final version to the <em>STABLE</em> project.

I am sorry that the <em>OOo-3.0.0.x</em> versions were not available for older distribution in the <em>UNSTABLE</em> project. I was very overloaded last weeks/months and did not have time to update the Build Service project.

I do not plan any other updates in December. I am going to take some time off to be fresh and ready to prepare new builds for you in 2009.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.

IMPORTANT

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. You could install the 32-bit (i586) instead.

Bug Reports

Please report the bugs into the Novell bugzilla for the product OpenOffice.org. 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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