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Wayne S. Rossi Mike Toresco for Open Source Development. OpenOffice. Overview. OpenOffice's purpose The Details Creation Licensing Projects Advantages and Disadvantages Conclusions. Why OpenOffice?. The OpenOffice mission statement:

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Wayne S. Rossi

Mike Toresco


Open Source Development


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  • OpenOffice's purpose

  • The Details

    • Creation

    • Licensing

    • Projects

  • Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Conclusions

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Why OpenOffice?

  • The OpenOffice mission statement:

    • To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

  • In other words, make an open source project into the leading office suite program.

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The Great Showdown?

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Where OpenOffice Came From

  • StarOffice was developed by StarDivision in Germany during the 1980s

  • In 1999, Sun Microsystems bought StarDivision. StarOffice 5.2 was released in June 2000

    • StarOffice was distributed in a pay version and a (proprietary) free version.

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Going Open Source

  • In 2000, Sun open sourced the StarOffice code under dual licenses:

    • GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

    • Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL)

  • In 2002, OpenOffice.org goes online.

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What they're doing now

  • Accepted Projects

    • Includes API, DBA, GSL, XML, various applications, underlying framework, and documentation.

  • Native/Lang Projects

    • Includes Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai language support for OpenOffice.

  • Incubator/Whiteboard Projects

    • Community-sponsored or experimental projects.

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So Why Use It, Anyway?

  • This presentation was made using Impress in OpenOffice v. 1.0.1.

  • OpenOffice can generate fully Microsoft Office compatible files.

    • Word Documents (Writer)

    • Excel Spreadsheets (Calc)

    • PowerPoint presentations (Impress)

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Slices, dices, and makes julienne fries!

  • OpenOffice is designed to look and feel similar to Microsoft Office.

  • It's probably out for your operating system.

    • If you're running Windows, Linux, Solaris, LinuxPPC, FreeBSD, or Mac OS X (still in beta), you can download OpenOffice v. 1.0.3.

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And, since it's open source...

  • OpenOffice can be downloaded completely free.

    • StarOffice v. 6.0 can be bought for $79 and comes with CDs and documentation.

    • Microsoft Office XP Professional costs $579 and can only be installed on one computer.

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Is there anything it can't do?

  • No parallel for Microsoft Access

    • But open source solutions for databases still exist.

  • Cannot use some templates and macros.

    • The overwhelming majority of users are completely unaffected by this.

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So, who needs it?

  • Most people who use MS Office don't take advantage of enough features to justify its costs.

    • It's like driving your M1-A1 Abrams tank to work.

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Who should consider the switch?

  • Individuals who don't need the database, macros, and templates that MS Office has.

    • (Or just don't need them worth $479)

  • Businesses who can't afford or don't need MS Office Professional.

    • (At $579 per computer, that is fairly substantial.)

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  • 720,000 people have downloaded OpenOffice.

  • It has the desired compatibility with MS Office.

  • For most users, OpenOffice is a better choice.

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Got Questions?

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We do.

  • What company open-sourced the office suite for OpenOffice?

  • Name three popular MS Office programs whose function OpenOffice duplicates.