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OpenOffice 3.0 GA available

Today the OOo Community officaly released their latest GA 3.0.

At the moment their servers suffer hard, because too many people want to get this great piece of software.

But what is OOo 3.0 (oooh… so many Os ;) ) all about:

  1. Native Mac OS X Aqua support -> finally a great Office Suit for all those Apple folks out there.
  2. import and edit of pdf documents
  3. native OOXML support on all major plattforms… (personally I don’t like this, but it seems to be necassary … )
  4. Enhanced Extension-API
  5. Under the hood improvements which made those other features possible.

All-in-all it is a incremental improvement release, without new killer features. But with all the improvementes beneath the surface, OOo will grow over the next couple of years. I think this release is compareable with Firefox 2.0 which closed alle the caps between FF 1.0 and his competitors and opened up the way for FF 3.0 which now pushes the web.

Maybe the next release of OOo will do the same in all those offices out there.

One question… have you ‘as a technical, open minded person’ ever tried to discuss about standard software with ‘not-so-open-minded’ people?

What is standard software?

—- UPDATE: —- has a nice article about OOo 3.0

XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 2 released – added Apple TV support

The XBMC team released another Beta …. now with Apple TV support…. again…. waiting for the Eee Box :(

Team-XBMC is proud to announce the second cross-platform Beta version of XBMC Media Center for Linux, Mac OS X (Leopard, Tiger, and Apple TV), Windows, and Xbox, in preparation for the upcoming point release of XBMC, code named ‘Atlantis‘.

New in this release is multi-core video decoding for Windows users, courtesy of a rebuilt FFmpeg by WiSo and AreaScout, and XBMC now runs on the Apple TV via the easy to use USB installer created by Scott Davilla. We have also updated the skins (PM3.HD, Project Mayhem III, and MediaStream by Team Razorfish) to their latest versions.

With almost 80 tickets closed, and close to 200 commits to SVN since Beta 1 was released, Beta 2 represents a clear step forward in terms of stability. Thanks to all in the community who have made this possible by reporting bugs and suggesting improvements!

Go grab XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 2 and let us know how it goes!

Yours sincerely / Team-XBMC

Backup VMWare Server on Linux

Thanks to Left-Brain for writing this great script, it does save a lot of time.

It makes “not-so-100%-24/7” virtual environments safer and easier to manage.