Press release 2.0.3
Raw Materials for the PR
This section is not part of the Press release - just links to reference materials for the benefit of people working on this draft
- Release notes: http://development.openoffice.org/releases/2.0.3rc7.html
- Detailed new features: http://fr.openoffice.org/files/documents/67/3279/203_newfeatures_05_29.odt
- Summary key new features: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Marketing-PR-OOo2.0.3
Press Release - for immediate release
OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 is now ready for download, three months since the release of 2.0.2. This latest release contains a mixture of new features, bug fixes, and security patches, and demonstrates the OpenOffice.org Community's determination to maintain its position as the world's leading open-source office productivity suite.
The security patches fix security vulnerabilities that have been found in internal security audits. Although there are currently no known exploits, we urge all users of 2.x to upgrade to the new version or install their vendor's patches accordingly. Patches for users of OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 will be available shortly. For details of the security issues fixed, see Security Bulletin 2006-06-29 (http://www.openoffice.org/security/bulletin-20060629.html).
Key features of the new release:
- performance improvements: for example, a 23 percent improvement in certain Calc benchmarks
- further improvements to file format compatibility with Microsoft Office files
- new email integration features for users wanting to send emails in Microsoft file formats
- more control over how exported PDF documents will display when opened in a PDF reader
- support for more languages and improvements in hyphenation and thesaurus
- support for Intel architecture for Mac OS X plus improved Mac OS X System integration
- built-in check for updated versions
OpenOffice.org is also the first office suite to support the ISO approved OpenDocument Format as its native file format. The standard - ISO/IEC 26300 - defines how office documents (spreadsheets, wordprocessor documents, etc.) must be stored so that they can be exchanged with any compliant software package. Its adoption represents an historic "Freedom of Information" breakthrough for the IT industry.
Download OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 now from our volunteer servers. If you find the pages too busy, try using our legal peer-to-peer (P2P) system. If you do not have a suitable internet connection, consider buying a CD-ROM from an OpenOffice.org Community Distributor.
Not all languages may be ready, so check with your favourite Native Language project (http://projects.openoffice.org/native-lang.html)
The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org®.
OpenOffice.org supports the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as legacy industry file formats and is available on major computing platforms in over 70 languages. OpenOffice.org is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.
The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.
The OpenOffice.org Community can be found at http://www.openoffice.org
To learn more of the project, see http://about.openoffice.org/
OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 may be downloaded free of charge from http://download.openoffice.org
Further information about the suite may be found at http://www.openoffice.org/product
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