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Oracle Office, MySQL, and other dreams

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| Second, for this to really work in light of Sun’s existing licensing 
| commitments, Oracle would have to open source the database and communications 
| components for Oracle Office. Since MySQL is well suited to the job and 
| already open source, my guess is that the pros and cons of using it would 
| then tilt in favor - meaning that my hypothetical Oracle Office would boost 
| the MySQL community first by creating long term support commitments and 
| secondly by putting it at the core of a lot of Exchange replacements.      


OpenOffice Impress Design Proposals in Final Lap 

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| Project Renaissance of OpenOffice.org opened up proposals for "Access 
| Functionality" design changes for its office suite on April 20, 2009. The 
| Impress presentation application was chosen as the Guinea pig. Deadline for 
| submissions is just around the corner: May 4, 2009.    



OpenOffice 3.1 RC2 released

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| The OpenOffice developers have announced the availability of the second
| release candidate (RC2) of version 3.1 of their free open source office
| suite. OpenOffice 3.1 RC2 addresses several major bugs, that were found in
| the first release candidate. Originally,


Open source - feel good, but work better.

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| I don't believe Oracle will stop work on OO anyway; it enjoys annoying
| Microsoft far too much, and it will be thinking hard about extending its new
| top-to-bottom server strategy to encompass the desktop. You or I or Andrew
| Brown might not have the skills to add new features to OpenOffice, but open
| source software was never about you or I or Andrew Brown doing any such
| thing. Someone can, and if the need or desire is there it will happen –
| because nobody can stop it. And if the need or desire isn't there, then they
| won't and quite right too: it's not like Microsoft Office, where a burning
| need for new revenue forces massive feature churn every five years.


Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download

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| The first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox - code named
| Shiretoko Alpha 1 - is now available for download. Shiretoko is built on
| pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, which forms the core of rich
| internet applications such as Firefox. Please note that this release is
| intended for developers and testers only.


Change Impress to improve all of OOo

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| If a proposed new concept works for Impress (that means that it stands up to
| the tests and usability evaluations in the prototyping phase of Project
| Renaissance) then that concept will be adopted for ALL of the office suite!


New Chart features in OpenOffice.org 3.1

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| Interested in the new Chart features that will be available in OOo 3.1? Have
| a look...


Making menus a little nicer

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| So now that code freeze for 3.1 is almost upon us, work for 3.2 begins. As a
| first little step I looked through some old issues and noticed Issues 42227
| and 48965 which I must admit went a little under in the load of my intray.
| The problem described in there is basically an aesthetic one: currently menus
| reserve two "columns" for checkmarks and item images, because menu items can
| be checked as well as have an image and both should be reflected of course in
| the display. But this creates a large area where most of the time nothing
| appears on the left of the menu, making the menu look clunkier than
| necessary.


New Features in OpenOffice.org 3.1, an Early Look

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| OpenOffice.org 3.1 is 65 days away, and developers are finishing up more than
| 1000 issues targeted for this Microsoft-Office-killer packing an army of new
| features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

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