OpenOffice.org Community Announces OpenOffice.org 1.O: Free Office Productivity Software

Global Community Builds Full-Featured Office Suite With Revolutionary Momentum



May 01, 2002, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The OpenOffice.org
 community (www.openoffice.org) today announced the availability of
 OpenOffice.org 1.0, the open source, multi-platform, multi-lingual office
 productivity suite available as a free download at the OpenOffice.org
 community website.  OpenOffice.org 1.0 is the culmination of more than
 18 months of collaborative effort by members of the OpenOffice.org community,
 which is comprised of Sun employees, volunteer developers, marketers, and end
 users working to create an international office suite that will run on all
 major platforms.
     OpenOffice.org 1.0, which shares the same code base as Sun's
 StarOffice(TM) 6.0 software is -- like StarOffice 6.0 software -- a
 full-featured office suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for
 Microsoft Office.  OpenOffice.org 1.0 offers software freedom, enabling a free
 market for service and support, while the Sun-branded product, StarOffice
 6.0 software, offers 24x7 fee-based support and training for consumers and
 businesses, along with deployment and migration services.  StarOffice software
 also offers additional features, such as a database, special fonts and Sun
 quality and assurance testing.  The two office suites complement each other,
 meeting the varying needs of consumers, open source advocates and enterprise
 customers.
     "OpenOffice.org 1.0 may be the single best hope for consumers fed-up with
 Microsoft's desktop monopoly," said Eric Raymond, co-founder of the Open
 Source Initiative (OSI).  "With Sun moving to a full service and support
 business model for StarOffice software, users around the globe will continue
 to have a free office productivity software tool through the OpenOffice.org
 open source community."
     The OpenOffice.org 1.0 office suite features key desktop
 applications -- including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and
 drawing programs -- in more than 25 languages.  In addition, OpenOffice.org
 1.0 works transparently with a variety of file formats, enabling users
 familiar with other office suites, such as Microsoft Office and StarOffice
 software, to work seamlessly in the application.  The OpenOffice.org
 1.0 software runs stably and natively on multiple platforms, including Linux,
 PPC Linux, Solaris(TM), Windows and many other flavors of Unix.
     OpenOffice.org is the largest open source project with more than
 7.5 million lines of code.  To date, more than 4.5 million downloads of
 earlier versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0 have taken place.  With the release of
 the 1.0 version, the OpenOffice.org community expects that number to grow
 significantly as businesses and individuals around the world explore the free
 alternative to proprietary office suites.
 
     The OpenOffice.org Community
     In less than two years, the OpenOffice.org community has grown to more
 than 10,000 volunteers, working together to build 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.  Sun initiated this effort by donating the StarOffice software source
 code and engineering to the OpenOffice.org community.  One of the major
 benefits of community-based development is peer review, which has resulted in
 a stable, secure and flexible software package.
     Participants in the Community work on projects ranging from code
 development to porting and localization, to bug reporting, documentation,
 product marketing, local language sites and mirror sites for software
 download.
     "There are many important roles that volunteer developers can play to
 shape the future functionality of OpenOffice.org (OOo) so if you are looking
 for someplace to contribute, OOo can use you," said Kevin Hendricks, a key
 contributor to the OpenOffice.org community since its inception nearly two
 years ago.  Hendricks has lead volunteer development teams for both the
 OpenOffice.org 1.0 spellchecker and PPC Linux port projects.
     "When OpenOffice.org was released, it was a tremendous amount of code with
 a very deep history, and thus we knew it would take a lot of time and effort
 to reach a critical mass of community participation," said Brian Behlendorf,
 CTO and co-founder, CollabNet.  "The project has now attracted a significant
 amount of outside involvement, some of it in pretty interesting areas like
 marketing and quality assurance.  With the release of 1.0, it's clear those
 efforts are bearing real fruit.  Congratulations to the community -- and to
 Sun -- for making this happen."
     CollabNet's SourceCast application enables both centralized and
 geographically distributed software development teams to collaborate on
 OpenOffice.org projects and to track them accurately.  SourceCast is the
 premier Web-based collaboration environment, which includes an integrated set
 of software development applications.  CollabNet also provides strategic
 advice on open source issues and the growth of OpenOffice.org, and offers
 analysis on current trends within the community.
      "OpenOffice.org may be the most important open source project right now,"
 said Miguel de Icaza, founder of the GNOME project.  "Because people will try
 it and see they can get everyday work done without giving more money to
 Microsoft, they'll see -- in a low-risk way -- that open source software can
 work for them and be an even better solution."
 
     About OpenOffice.org
     OpenOffice.org is the home of the open source project and its community of
 developers, users and marketers responsible for the on-going development of
 the OpenOffice.org 1.0 product.  The mission of OpenOffice.org is 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.  Additional ports,
 such as FreeBSD, IRIX and Mac OS X are in various stages of completion by
 developers and end-users in the OpenOffice.org community.  OpenOffice.org
 1.0 is written in C++ and has documented API's licensed under the GNU Lesser
 General Public License (LGPL) and Sun Industry Standards Source License
 (SISSL) open source licenses.
 
     About CollabNet
     CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative software
 development by combining a Web-based software application with a suite of
 consulting services.  Using these solutions, customers can collaborate on
 development projects within an enterprise, with customers, business partners,
 or with third party developer organizations, such as industry specific or open
 source communities.  CollabNet enables corporations to reduce costs and
 increase revenues by bringing different project team members together,
 regardless of their location.  CollabNet is currently working with customers
 ranging from hardware and software providers to companies from industries such
 as financial services, wireless, and pharmaceuticals.  Brian Behlendorf,
 co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, established CollabNet in
 July 1999.  For more information, see http://www.collab.net .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that make the Net work.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries
 and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, StarOffice, Solaris and "The
 Network Is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-276-6143, or
 brett.smith@sun.com; or Erin Geisler of Citigate Cunningham, +1-512-652-2713,
 or egeisler@citigatecunningham.com, for Sun.
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The OpenOffice.org
 community (www.openoffice.org) today announced the availability of
 OpenOffice.org 1.0, the open source, multi-platform, multi-lingual office
 productivity suite available as a free download at the OpenOffice.org
 community website.  OpenOffice.org 1.0 is the culmination of more than
 18 months of collaborative effort by members of the OpenOffice.org community,
 which is comprised of Sun employees, volunteer developers, marketers, and end
 users working to create an international office suite that will run on all
 major platforms.
     OpenOffice.org 1.0, which shares the same code base as Sun's
 StarOffice(TM) 6.0 software is -- like StarOffice 6.0 software -- a
 full-featured office suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for
 Microsoft Office.  OpenOffice.org 1.0 offers software freedom, enabling a free
 market for service and support, while the Sun-branded product, StarOffice
 6.0 software, offers 24x7 fee-based support and training for consumers and
 businesses, along with deployment and migration services.  StarOffice software
 also offers additional features, such as a database, special fonts and Sun
 quality and assurance testing.  The two office suites complement each other,
 meeting the varying needs of consumers, open source advocates and enterprise
 customers.
     "OpenOffice.org 1.0 may be the single best hope for consumers fed-up with
 Microsoft's desktop monopoly," said Eric Raymond, co-founder of the Open
 Source Initiative (OSI).  "With Sun moving to a full service and support
 business model for StarOffice software, users around the globe will continue
 to have a free office productivity software tool through the OpenOffice.org
 open source community."
     The OpenOffice.org 1.0 office suite features key desktop
 applications -- including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and
 drawing programs -- in more than 25 languages.  In addition, OpenOffice.org
 1.0 works transparently with a variety of file formats, enabling users
 familiar with other office suites, such as Microsoft Office and StarOffice
 software, to work seamlessly in the application.  The OpenOffice.org
 1.0 software runs stably and natively on multiple platforms, including Linux,
 PPC Linux, Solaris(TM), Windows and many other flavors of Unix.
     OpenOffice.org is the largest open source project with more than
 7.5 million lines of code.  To date, more than 4.5 million downloads of
 earlier versions of OpenOffice.org 1.0 have taken place.  With the release of
 the 1.0 version, the OpenOffice.org community expects that number to grow
 significantly as businesses and individuals around the world explore the free
 alternative to proprietary office suites.
 
     The OpenOffice.org Community
     In less than two years, the OpenOffice.org community has grown to more
 than 10,000 volunteers, working together to build 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.  Sun initiated this effort by donating the StarOffice software source
 code and engineering to the OpenOffice.org community.  One of the major
 benefits of community-based development is peer review, which has resulted in
 a stable, secure and flexible software package.
     Participants in the Community work on projects ranging from code
 development to porting and localization, to bug reporting, documentation,
 product marketing, local language sites and mirror sites for software
 download.
     "There are many important roles that volunteer developers can play to
 shape the future functionality of OpenOffice.org (OOo) so if you are looking
 for someplace to contribute, OOo can use you," said Kevin Hendricks, a key
 contributor to the OpenOffice.org community since its inception nearly two
 years ago.  Hendricks has lead volunteer development teams for both the
 OpenOffice.org 1.0 spellchecker and PPC Linux port projects.
     "When OpenOffice.org was released, it was a tremendous amount of code with
 a very deep history, and thus we knew it would take a lot of time and effort
 to reach a critical mass of community participation," said Brian Behlendorf,
 CTO and co-founder, CollabNet.  "The project has now attracted a significant
 amount of outside involvement, some of it in pretty interesting areas like
 marketing and quality assurance.  With the release of 1.0, it's clear those
 efforts are bearing real fruit.  Congratulations to the community -- and to
 Sun -- for making this happen."
     CollabNet's SourceCast application enables both centralized and
 geographically distributed software development teams to collaborate on
 OpenOffice.org projects and to track them accurately.  SourceCast is the
 premier Web-based collaboration environment, which includes an integrated set
 of software development applications.  CollabNet also provides strategic
 advice on open source issues and the growth of OpenOffice.org, and offers
 analysis on current trends within the community.
      "OpenOffice.org may be the most important open source project right now,"
 said Miguel de Icaza, founder of the GNOME project.  "Because people will try
 it and see they can get everyday work done without giving more money to
 Microsoft, they'll see -- in a low-risk way -- that open source software can
 work for them and be an even better solution."
 
     About OpenOffice.org
     OpenOffice.org is the home of the open source project and its community of
 developers, users and marketers responsible for the on-going development of
 the OpenOffice.org 1.0 product.  The mission of OpenOffice.org is 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.  Additional ports,
 such as FreeBSD, IRIX and Mac OS X are in various stages of completion by
 developers and end-users in the OpenOffice.org community.  OpenOffice.org
 1.0 is written in C++ and has documented API's licensed under the GNU Lesser
 General Public License (LGPL) and Sun Industry Standards Source License
 (SISSL) open source licenses.
 
     About CollabNet
     CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative software
 development by combining a Web-based software application with a suite of
 consulting services.  Using these solutions, customers can collaborate on
 development projects within an enterprise, with customers, business partners,
 or with third party developer organizations, such as industry specific or open
 source communities.  CollabNet enables corporations to reduce costs and
 increase revenues by bringing different project team members together,
 regardless of their location.  CollabNet is currently working with customers
 ranging from hardware and software providers to companies from industries such
 as financial services, wireless, and pharmaceuticals.  Brian Behlendorf,
 co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, established CollabNet in
 July 1999.  For more information, see http://www.collab.net .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that make the Net work.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries
 and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, StarOffice, Solaris and "The
 Network Is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-276-6143, or
 brett.smith@sun.com; or Erin Geisler of Citigate Cunningham, +1-512-652-2713,
 or egeisler@citigatecunningham.com, for Sun.
 
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