2014-09-16

Five good reasons why you want to choose UX Write for iPad – Warren M Tang

Five good reasons why you want to choose UX Write for iPad – Warren M Tang



UX Write gives writers of all degrees the environment to write what they want. It's not part of Microsoft's Office nor even of OpenOffice, but it does work beautifully with Microsoft's .docx, and so does OpenOffice. But those reasons--its native independence and great UI--are not the only reasons I've chosen to work with Peter Kelly and promote UX Write both as a document editor and creator and as something rather more.



It's because unlike every other standard document editor I can think of, it has been created for Internet use and especially for tablet use.



Can you contribute to its development? Yes. Read the review cited, play with the app, talk to us.

2014-04-25

AOO RC4 Annotated Log

Annotated Log for 1524958..1587478



Usually makes for just-before-I-fall-asleep reading but given that this is RC4 (as in n, n+1....), the issue log is actually kind of interesting.



It also is a rather good way to engage the community. We always need for people to test the application and we, or I, especially want those in enterprise-level settings to do so. AOO, like OOo before it, is favoured by enterprises around the world; these tend to be public sector.



And for them, the application has to be robust enough to meet the high demands put upon it.

2014-04-17

100,000,000 Downloads of Apache OpenOffice

The Apache Software Foundation Announces 100 Million Downloads of Apache™ OpenOffice™ : The Apache Software Foundation Blog



This is an impressive number for a few reasons. One of them is that we actually have taken pains in the quantity. It really is 100M. When I did stats for OpenOffice.org, we lacked the necessary technology to be able to assert, with any real accuracy, just how many total downloads. Towards the end, we were able to claim more confidence, as we had better means of calculating the quantity, and so we could point to anywhere from 250M to 500M. (We could also evaluate how many around the world were using OOo, or ODF, which is the native format for OO: a lot, and somewhere north of 250M, by now, though they also probably use other apps, too.)



The other important point is that this huge number really represents just a sliver of the estimated total. It's also mostly Windows users. Why? Well, one of the most popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu, has sided with LibreOffice and includes it with its installation packages. Putting Apache OpenOffice on it is by no means impossible but it does entail effort, and for the naive Linux user (of which there are some, I am sure), a considerable effort. One also has to know about it, and understand that OpenOffice really is different than LibreOffice.



So those who have downloaded it 100M times (since inception of the project, mind you) are doing it largely on their own recognizance. What about downloads that are then installed in massive enterprises, as we can find in Brazil, for instance, but also in other national and sub-national polities? Those may well be counted as... 1 (one) download.... which is then multiplied a million-fold.



Now, the fun: Does this mean that open source has "arrived" and the desktop (or workspace) is now "free"? Yes and no. For the last 5 years, at least, it's been as free as users want it to be. More to the point, the data suggest that users are able to see beyond the obligatory application choices they have gotten used to.



The next step: let's make a community out of those who have chosen to use the software. We love them. We would also love their input and ideas.