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OpenOffice_org 3.1 alpha1 available

March 2nd, 2009 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org 3.1 alpha1 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project.

The packages are alpha 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. We are especially interested into the testing of SMB access and file locking.

Other information and plans:

The next version will have hopefully the beta quality. It should include an initial implementation of the OOXML export filters and thus improve the interoperability with MS Office 2007. It should be done the openSUSE-11.1-like split build way and thus provide also the most important extensions. I hope that it will be available by the end of the following week.

I am going to update the OOo-3.0.1 packages in the OpenOffice:org:STABLE project. It should include even better fix for the update problem on openSUSE-11.1 (bug #471280). It will include few more important fixes. It should be available by the end of this week.

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. 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
  • additional import filters (SVG, WordPerfect Graphics, Microsoft Works, …)
  • native KDE Open/Save dialog
  • new 3D slide transitions
  • rich field support
  • multimedia in Impress via GStreamer

, see also the discover page.

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One Response to “OpenOffice_org 3.1 alpha1 available”

  1. Congraturation for OpenOffice.org 3.1 alpha1. good job