The OpenOffice.org community today announced the availability of OpenOffice.org 1.0, the open source, multi-platform, multi-lingual office productivity suite available as a free download at the OpenOffice.org community website. OpenOffice.org 1.0 is the culmination of more than 18 months of collaborative effort by members of the OpenOffice.org community, which is comprised of Sun employees, volunteer developers, marketers, and end users working to create an international office suite that will run on all major platforms.
OpenOffice.org 1.0, which shares the same code base as Sun's StarOffice 6.0 software is -- like StarOffice 6.0 software -- a full-featured office suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org 1.0 offers software freedom, enabling a free market for service and support, while the Sun-branded product, StarOffice 6.0 software, offers 24x7 fee-based support and training for consumers and businesses, along with deployment and migration services. StarOffice software also offers additional features, such as a database, special fonts and Sun quality and assurance testing. The two office suites complement each other, meeting the varying needs of consumers, open source advocates and enterprise customers.
works transparently with a variety of file formats
runs stably and natively on multiple platforms, including Linux, PPC Linux, Solaris, Windows, ...
provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format
One of the major benefits of community-based development is peer review, which has resulted in a stable, secure and flexible software package.