: Mac OS X Support"> OpenOffice.org on Monday also released a beta release of OpenOffice.org 1.0 for Mac OS X, using the XWindows system, which can be downloaded from http://mac.openoffice.org. The release, which is targeted primarily at developers, "marks a major milestone in providing the stability and functionality necessary for daily use on Jaguar, the newer version of the Mac OS X operating system," Peterlin said.Hiser said that, since May, some 70 percent of those downloading OpenOffice.org binary files have been Windows users, with 20 percent being Linux users. Many corporations have also been expressing interest in open source and Linux. "Here in New York City, companies like Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, Dreamworks, Disney and others are admitting that this software has an important place in their infrastructures and are planning accordingly," he said. "You will see the adoptions mounting over the next 18 months. Its going to be impressive. Companies understand open source." Several Linux vendors, including Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux, have already dropped Sun Microsystems Inc.s branded StarOffice 6.0 offering in favor of OpenOffice.org. Josh Berkus, an OpenOffice.org volunteer in San Francisco, said OpenOffice.org will soon accomplish in six months, and for a couple million dollars in donated funds and a couple of thousand hours of volunteer contributions, the same amount of software development that took Microsoft Corp. two years and $1.5 billion to develop Microsoft Office. "I believe that by the end of the year we will be bundled with all major Linux distributions, including Debian and Lindows. No wonder open source has Microsoft worried," he said. There are also now more than 70,000 registered OpenOffice community members, hundreds of developers and dozens of active projects, and the ongoing strong symbiotic relationship with Suns StarOffice 6.0 remains in force, Berkus said. StarOffice 6.0 uses the OpenOffice.org 1.0 code base, and functionality is similar except where Sun has added value for enterprise customers around fonts, linguistic functionality, the Adabas D database, clip art, some file filters, spell checking, boxed manual, paid training and support options. "OpenOffice.org will likely support more languages in the long run, but the big message is that there is a symbiotic relationship between our two suites," Hiser said. Peterlin added that Sun--the founding member of the OpenOffice.org community--continues to make significant contributions to the OpenOffice.org project. "I would expect that they will continue their present contributions to the effort and donate back as much of the functionality they develop as long as it can be covered by an open-source license," he said. OpenOffice.org 1.0 runs today on the Solaris, Windows, FreeBSD and Linux platforms, and is available in 23 languages. There are also many user-sponsored projects, including the native-lang project, which offers information, resources and a communication forum in a members native language. These are currently available in French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian, Portuguese and, shortly, Japanese and Danish. A localization community effort to translate and localize OpenOffice.org 1.0 to all supportable languages is also under way. Some 23 languages are currently available.
"A significant amount of the OS X interest I have seen has been across the entire user base, with particular interest from educational markets and European users. There have also been some 8.5 million downloads since the project started, with about 5 million of these being since the release of OpenOffice.org 1.0 in May," he added.