Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

OpenOffice.org 3.0.1 Generally Available

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Globe photo courtesy of Jason Rogers. Use OpenOffice.org

The OpenOffice.org Community is pleased to announce the immediate availability of OpenOffice.org 3.0.1. This point release addresses a few minor issues that have been reported with the current release.

Although minor releases normally do not include new features, there are two points of interest with this version. 

  • enhanced support for grammar checkers, and an
  • increase in the number of words held in personal word lists to 30,000.

A full list of fixes can be found in the developers' release notes.

OpenOffice.org is now available in more than 90 languages and for all major platforms. For a list of languages and platforms click here.

The next release will contain new users features and is scheduled for general availability next quarter.


Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Project Kenai Beta



As I'm sure you noticed, last week, Sun announced the expansion of our xVM portfolio with Sun xVM Server software & Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0.

But what you might not have noticed is that the first source code bundle for Sun xVM Server software is hosted at Project Kenai.

"What the heck is Project Kenai?" you say? 

Project Kenai is a place for the global developer community to freely host their open source projects and code. It also allows developers to easily find people that share their same interests so they can collaborate on projects.

Project Kenai is currently in beta and anyone can sign up to become a member of the community. But during this beta, only select individuals who receive an invitation will be able to create a new project.

Right now, Project Kenai offers an integrated stack of collaboration services (e.g. source code management, bug tracking, wiki, forums, mailing lists, project and developer profiles) enabling the buildout of developer communities. As Project Kenai evolves and as Sun receives feedback from the developer community during the beta, additional components will be added.

Interested? Want to learn more?  Come explore the site and let the Project Kenai team know what you think.

Also, if you're attending Web 2.0 Expo in NYC this week - stop by Sun booth #1701, say hi to Sharat & JB & have them give you a tour of Project Kenai.

For more on Project Kenai - check out this interview Tim Bray did with Nick Sieger - one of the lead engineers and
Simon Phipps also offers his perspective.

(Updated 9/17 - removed internal link) 


Sunday Jul 20, 2008

PostgreSQL Community Core Team Member Joins Sun's Database Group

Peter Eisentraut, a long-time and well-known PostgreSQL developer, is joining Sun's Database Group. With more than eight years of active experience in the PostgreSQL community, Peter will help lead Sun's PostgreSQL engineering team and participate in the development of Sun's PostgreSQL offerings.  Through his deep background in consulting, support and engineering, he will play a direct role in driving the growth of Sun's PostgreSQL business. Peter will also help facilitate Sun's participation in the PostgreSQL community development effort, while maintaining his active role as a member of the PostgreSQL core team.

Many of you probably know Peter from his presentations during many PostgreSQL, Linux and other Open Source conferences. Others who speak German might also know Peter from his multiple publications on PostgreSQL and articles in German Linux magazines. He is engaged throughout the Open Source world, including being a Debian developer and package maintainer. Peter will continue his leadership position in the PostgreSQL community, with which Sun maintains a strong relationship and commitment.

We are very excited to have Peter joining us. Welcome aboard!
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