By Brian Leonard on Oct 24, 2008
OpenOffice 3.0 has been released. However, you will not find it in the IPS repository, it's only available as an SVR4 package.
After the install, though, I noticed a problem. No associations had been setup between the OpenOffice file types and the OpenOffice binary that had just been installed. There is a bug filed for this, so hopefully it will be fixed in a future release.
In the mean time, there is an easy workaround. For example, if I right-click an .ods file on my OpenSolaris desktop, I will see this context menu:
I select Open With Other Application and one of the applications listed is OpenOffice.org 2.4 Calc. After I select it, the spreadsheet opens and in the future I can just double-click .ods files and they will be opened automatically.
Note, however, that this does not help me with Thunderbird. If someone sends me an .ods file as an attachment, I will not be able to automatically open it from within Thunderbird. I get this dialog box:
The fix here is simple: Click the Browse button and then navigate to /usr/bin and select soffice. Check the "Do this automatically" option in order to have Thunderbird always use OpenOffice to open .ods files.
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