OpenOffice for OS X (X11) goes Gold

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With all the news coming from WWDC, it was easy to miss, but earlier this week OpenOffice.org announced that OpenOffice 1.0 for OS X has gone gold master. You can download it now from the OpenOffice.org Web site.

OpenOffice is an open source project that provides users with a suite of office productivity applications. The suite includes full-featured word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia presentation and illustration software, as well as tools to connect your content to databases.

OpenOffice requires the install of an X11-compatible windowing system, a commonly-used graphical interface for UNIX systems that Apple supports with its own X11 for Mac OS X release.

"While stable enough for usage and offering the majority of the functionality to OpenOffice.org on other platforms, this is not a traditional MacOS X user-friendly application," caution the developers. "This build is meant for the Darwin community and Unix-savvy MacOS X user community ..."

OpenOffice for OS X's X11 dependency will change. The developers have already plotted a roadmap (posted to the Web site) outlining their plans to create a completely native Mac OS X version supporting Mac OS X's Quartz rendering environment and compliant with Apple's Aqua user interface. What's more, they'll bring the codebase up to date to 1.1.

More information, including download links, is available from the OpenOffice.org Web site.

This story, "OpenOffice for OS X (X11) goes Gold" was originally published by PCWorld.

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