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OpenOffice.org organisers have blamed “unprecedented demand” for their site going offline as it delivered the long-awaited update of their open source office apps suite. Organisers apologised on Monday for the massive outage saying their technical teams are “trying to come up with a resolution” while the main site's remnants …

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Anonymous Coward

this is working at the moment!

http://openoffice.mirrors.tds.net/pub/openoffice/stable/3.0.0/

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Go

Try Filezilla FTP client and a UK mirror, such as:

ftp://ftp.mirrorservice.org/pub/openoffice/stable/3.0.0/

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Joke

Need to get themselves...

..a nice Microsoft IIS server there.

Look, a Joke Icon, it's there, just look!

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Anonymous Coward

RSS feed of torrents for all platforms

http://borft.student.utwente.nl/~mike/oo/bt.rss

(Nicked from sakdoctor at /.)

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And to make matters worse...

News sites are covering the failure. This encourages scores of internet users to test the site, even though they were previously unaware that 3 was out.

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What is the rush?

It's not as if there's a queue around the block, now is there?

Think I'll try tomorrow, or the day after.

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Why the rush?

I don't see why everyone is rushing to get it. Personally I'm not in any great hurry to type up another boring old document!

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@ OpenSauce

Ta, nice and quick, too.

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Anonymous Coward

Now the website talks about

Noodles - where is it based ?

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OpenOffice 3.0

Excellent software. Using on Mac.

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Openistas?

why the change from the usual derogatory freetards?

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Current message

I love the current message I'm getting when trying to access www.openoffice.org:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /servlets/ContentHelmNoodle on this server.

So what exactly IS a ContentHelmNoodle?

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Oops!

The main site's currently (16:21) giving a nice little 403 error...

"You don't have permission to access /servlets/ContentHelmNoodle on this server."

I wonder if they've heard of "chmod 644 <filename>"...

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Bah!

Only Intel MacOSX support.

That's no good!

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Torrent

Isn't this a perfect application of using a legal torrent? If the chaps at NeoOffice can master torrents, what's wrong with OpenOffice guys doing the same?

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@Justin Clements

Maybe it just didn't occur to them. Remember their roots.

@Alex Wright: Source code is available for it. I hear PPC is still available as a target. So though you can't download precompiled versions of OOo, you can download a source package and "make" it yourself.

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Sam

Re Openistas

Because it's called Open Office, the clue's in the title.

Timewaster.

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Mirrors appear to be fine

I just hit a mirror that was giving me around 1.1MBbytes per second. That didn't take long ^.^

Google is your friend ... even if they may be an evil one.

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Paris Hilton

Shame....

Shame that it buckled under the load. Wanted to see more info about it.

Paris... because she loves going down to high demand.

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So that's why...

Well that explains why I can't connect. I'll have to check out ver 3.0 some time over the next few days. I was actually trying to access the site to report a bug in ver 2.4. For those wondering, it's a bug in the find/replace using regular expressions. It seems that "Find all" works properly, but "Replace all" does a recursive replace when you leave the replacement string blank (it seems to work properly if you enter a replacement string).

If you have a line "aaaaaaaaa" ("a"x9), and you enter the regular expression "^a{4}" to search for and leave "replace with" blank, then find all will correctly find and highlight the first four "a" characters; but if you do a replace all, it will replace the first four, then check and replace again, then check again, leaving you with just a single "a". If you have multiple lines, and you use the replace button instead of replace all, you can see it runs recursively for each line before going to the next line. If you enter any replacement string (even one such as "aaaa", replacing the text with an exact copy of itself), it will correctly replace it only once.

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@ Alex Wright

"Only Intel MacOSX support. (...)"

It seems that yhey're hiding the PPC version...

Go here:

http://ooopackages.good-day.net/pub/OpenOffice.org/MacOSX/3.0.0rc4/

and scroll down to:

OOo_3.0.0rc4_MacOSXPowerPC_install.dmg

or, I assume, this one:

OOo_3.0.0rc4_MacOSXPowerPC_install_en-GB.dmg

...if you're on that side of the pond.

Thus far, in the little that I've used it, it seems to run quite snappily on my machine and does what I want it to do,

Enjoy!

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Content Helm Noodle

They've been touched by His Noodly Appendasge ;)

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Unhappy

doesn't matter

I'm not allowed to access their site from work anyway and it's too big for my dial-up service from home.

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Interesting contrast

Firefox tried to get as many people as possible to download on the first day, but OpenOffice.org can't cope with the rush. Did they ever talk to each other?

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Anonymous Coward

D'uh...

filehippo.com

Ever tried a search engine?

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Happy

Just got it ...

Damn good and better than Kosher, being free.

Runs fine on a Vista laptop with 1 Gig of memory.

Bit smoother and slicker than earlier versions and renders quite challenging test docs well.

Will try its compatibility (or otherwise) with VBA macros — up till now my only issue.

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as long as

it can't run my vba macros i don't want it.

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Coat

Fuel Of Britain

Noodles ? Pot noodles ? Yummy ! Does this mean that pot noodle supports OOO ?

Now they're both great for being lightweight :-

OOO for leaving your wallet intact, and doing everything you want properly. Image captioning in word for example is idiotic ! In OOO it's a doddle. Do an X-Y plot in excel where the x-axis data is not sorted - it will fail, while OOO tells you what the problem is.

pot noodle, being dehydrated, and contained in it's own tub is great for camping/hiking/cycling trips where you don't want to be lugging loads of weight round but still want a hot meal. As long as you can recycle the plastic tub.

Nice to see a healthy demand for this excellent software !!!!

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@ Alex Wright

You not on an Intel yet? .... come on as a follower of the cult of Steve Jobs, you know you have to spend at least 25% of your salary a year on apple products. mines the one trying to conceal my Apple ][ Europlus

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soap

"it can't run my vba macros i don't want it."

Go wash your mouth out with some soap...

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@Bug, Chris C 2008-10-13 16:39 GMT

Well, I don't know if I'd consider it a bug. OO 2.3 does the same thing. And so would Perl do with:

$test = 'aaaaaaaaa';

while ($test =~ s/^a{4}//) { 1 }

print $test;

Which would just print "a". So the "problem" is that the "Replace all" doesn't work line by line, but looks at the text as a stream.

Of course if this is not what you expect then you might call it a bug. But having a free form text editor work line-by-line could be tricky, seeing that e.g. page margins makes line lengths change. :-)

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@vincent himpe

If it *CAN* run VBA macros - I don't want it.

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@vacuous hump (vincent himpe)

re m$ orifice : it doesn't work properly, is overpriced, overfeatured, and a complete waste of money, be your copy legit, pirate, or currently serving as a drinks coaster. I've already highlighted 2 common situations with m$ orifice where the behaviour is crazy. These are normal/common use activities that don't work properly ! Properly tested ? Hmmmmm I think not. Most real office users don't need m$ orifice, and shouldn't have it. The only time you might is that special add-in for a particular business need that is only available for excel.

Now OOO may not be perfect, but it does what I want, very well, and doesn't rip me off !! It *WILL* have been tested. And it is totally open, instead of trying to lock me in at every turn.

Long live OOO !

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Why is this so exciting?

I like OOo as much as the next guy... but I think I can stand to wait until the ubuntu repo picks up version 3.

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"it can't run my vba macros i don't want it."

Er, and the other issue is that as a 'feature' they now support VBA macros.

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Packages

So, is the Debian packages out on the repository yet? Or do I have to wait a year or five for them?

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VBA Macro's

Version 2.? crashed on my abuse tests -- Microsoft tests for and corrects stack corruption after calls to external objects, the version of Open Office I tested just crashed. Worse problem was that several versions of Calc couldn't save macro's at all in the default configuration - everything was lost when you closed the spreadsheet.

It will be interesting to see if that has been improved.

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Yippie - a patch for MS Office..

Hurray, now I can at least fix all those dead XML files that MS Office creates.

I have noticed that OOo is always able to open files and at least partially rescue the content of them where MS Office (which corrupted the files in the first place) simply would give up or crash.

I prefer OO, just because of that - and because it doesn't run VBA..

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Languages

Looks like they only do the english version in US.

Us poor Brits will have to put up with the American spell checker.

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google cache

search google for the mirror list and view the cached version, from there select you local mirror. very challenging.

Mine's the one with the book of puzzles in the pocket.

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Suspicious

If an Open Source release does not bring the server down these days then it is probably considered unsuccessful. What better publicity (to the average Joe) than that your servers crashed due to demand for your product.

Black helicopter cos I reckon they pulled the plug themselves

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@Chris C

Get a life, like we all want to know about your travails with Open Office...

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@Bug, Chris C 2008-10-13 16:39 GMT

Nice troll.

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@Homard

"Do an X-Y plot in excel where the x-axis data is not sorted - it will fail, while OOO tells you what the problem is"

In what version of Excel does that fail? In all versions of Excel I've used it plots the data as it comes which is what you've told it to do. Not as if sorting data in Excel is hard either.

Aside: Is "openista" comparable to "fashionista"

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Paris Hilton

Disappointed

I have just downloaded and installed this and I am very disappointed. I was expecting Open Office to be identical to Office 2007 or at least even 2003 but it looks very old. I'm going to reinstall Office. I have wasted hours.

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Why no torrents?

Perhaps if they had posted some torrents of the files, they wouldn't have fally over servers. I'm pretty sure they used to encourage you to download via Torrent before, but this time around they seem to offer only HTTP and FTP links.

Even now - with their super small emergency homepage - they are pushing you to HTTP/FTP.

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@darling petunia

It's alright love, we all have our crosses to bear. :)

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sounds like a great idea...

your server goes titsup for some reason, and you blame it on "unprecedented demand"...

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@ Chris Martin

I installed Mandriva 2009 recently, that came with OOo3 :)

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re: Disappointed

So you're disappointed that some UI candy you were expecting wasn't there?

Take a look at all the patents on "UI candy". E.g. Apple Dock, etc.

Boy you REALLY LOVE being rammed up the arse, don't you.

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