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Sun puts StarOffice into open source

 
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FYI: Sun puts StarOffice into open source
Look for XML near the bottom of the story. They are doing it.
http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2640108,00.html

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Here's a link for who's coordinating what projects, etc.--it's in the URL that Michael pointed to, but kind of buried.
http://www.openoffice.org/projects_and_owners.html
Here's a little more info about numbering and other silliness with the open source version, for what it's worth--whether a 6 in the number means it's version 6, etc. I got it from A Source Close To StarOffice but really don't know her actual status. (She met me after dark in the north corner of the corral and told me all this in a rather dark, deep, bovine sort of tone...)
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The deal is that after 5.2 was released in May (or whatever) the engineers in
Hamburg continued working, working toward 6.0. In the middle of this work, the
project went open source so their work began to be visible to everyone on the
internet. So you may say it's the 6.0 sourcecode if you wish but I reserve that
for the sourcecode that is the snapshot that produces the 6.0 product. Some say
we released alpha code for 6.0.
The fact of the matter is that the date for release was picked by Marco Boerries
because it was Friday the 13th and did not have anything to do with the shape of
the code at all. It was simply a fun date by which internal Sun estimated that
they could get all the necessary tasks finished to go live.
So then, to confuse the matter, Hamburg uses consecutive numbers to describe
builds. The first one available on openoffice.org happened to be the 605 build.
Now there is 609 and 613 is coming out at the end of the month. This number
beginning with a 6 has nothing to do with 6.0, but people think it does.
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Good information. Thank you.
 
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