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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Five Years of Apache® OpenOffice™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:01:22 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/P2EH ]

Latest, secure version of leading Open Source office application and
personal productivity suite for Windows, Linux, and Mac now available in
41 languages.

Forest Hill, MD —19 October 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350
Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the five-year
anniversary of Apache® OpenOffice™, the leading Open Source office
document productivity suite.

"OpenOffice has been downloaded by millions of users since becoming an
Apache project five years ago," said Marcus Lange, Vice President of
Apache OpenOffice. "We are extremely proud of our community of loyal
users and developers who are committed to the future of OpenOffice. We
are inspired by their encouragement and thank them by making the next
version of the world's leading Open Source productivity suite even
better."

With more than 225 million downloads, Apache OpenOffice includes the
following applications:

 1. "Writer" - a word processor;
 2. "Calc" - a spreadsheet tool;
 3. "Impress" - a presentation editor;
 4. "Draw" - a vector graphics editor; 
 5. "Math" - a mathematical formula editor; and 
 6. "Base" - a database management program. 

Apache OpenOffice is available in 41 languages on Windows, macOS and
Linux.

In celebration of OpenOffice's triple anniversary this month —17 years
as an Open Source project, 6 years at the ASF, and 5 years as an ASF
Top-Level Project— the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee
also announced the immediate availability of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4,
which reflects changes that include:

 - Several updates for language dictionaries
 - Some translation fixes in the UI
 - Bug fixes
 - Security improvements
 - Updated graphics/logos (new Apache feather)
 - Enhancements to the build tools (for developers)

The complete list of changes and new features is available at
https://s.apache.org/AOO-414changes ; users are encouraged to download
the official version from https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Apache OpenOffice is used by millions of organizations, institutions,
and individuals around the world. OpenOffice also plays an integral role
in many governments, in response to their mandates to use files in the
ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF). OpenOffice supports
localized versions in more than 120 languages (those that are 100%
translated and maintained are officially released).

As with all Apache projects, Apache OpenOffice is available as a free
download to all users at no cost, charge, or fees of any kind.
OpenOffice is Open Source software: its C++ source code is readily
available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications.

Availability and Oversight
Apache OpenOffice software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and
is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the
project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's
day-to-day operations, including community development and product
releases. For project data, documentation, and more information on
Apache OpenOffice, visit https://openoffice.apache.org/

Download
The project strongly recommends that users download OpenOffice only from
the official site https://www.openoffice.org/download/ to ensure that
they receive the original software in the correct and most recent
version. The project also recommends users review the Release Notes
https://s.apache.org/AOO-414releasenotes for important updates and
remarks concerning any known issues with this version and their
workarounds.

Get Involved!
Apache OpenOffice welcomes contributions and community participation
through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps,
developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in
the project can find out more at
https://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html

About Apache OpenOffice
Originally created as "StarOffice" by StarDivision and after further
expansion as an Open Source product under the name "OpenOffice.org" at
Sun Microsystems, the project continued development after Oracle
Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. OpenOffice entered the
Apache Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in
October 2012. 9 releases have been made under the auspices of the ASF,
with more than 225 million downloads recorded to date. Visit
https://openoffice.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheOO for more
information.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the
world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic
process known as "The Apache Way," more than 680 individual Members and
6,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide:
thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache
License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists,
mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user
conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable
organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors
including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct,
Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook,
Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma,
LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access,
Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For
more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and
https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "OpenOffice", "Apache
OpenOffice", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of
the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other
countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.

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