|| ||John McCreesh <jpmcc-AT-openoffice.org>|
|| ||[ooo-announce] PR: OpenOffice.org issues an invitation to Dell Computer
|| ||Mon, 12 Mar 2007 07:11:15 +0000|
OpenOffice.org urges Dell's CEO to respond to customer demand and bundle
OpenOffice.org's free software alternative to Microsoft Office with
In an open letter released today, the OpenOffice.org community invites
Michael Dell to work with them to pre-install OpenOffice.org 2 office
software on Dell computers. Dell's own IdeaStorm website has recorded an
overwhelming customer demand for this feature, currently showing over
70,000 requests for OpenOffice.org 2.
The OpenOffice.org community is the home of the leading free software
competitor to Microsoft's Office suite. The letter claims that
OpenOffice.org 2 software and Dell hardware make a perfect match,
sharing identical values of delivering high quality at unbeatable value.
A joint development by Dell and OpenOffice.org raises the prospect of an
"OpenOffice.org supplied by Dell" product, with finance from Dell
helping to built security for the open-source community.
Text of the letter:
Michael S.Dell, Chairman and CEO
Dell Computer Corporation
One Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 78682
Dell Computer Corporation has become one of Fortune's âAmericaâs Most
Admired Companiesâ by providing great value, high quality computers and
peripherals, but most of all, by listening to your customers. Your
recent âIdeaStormâ initiative is the latest example of this. Here at
OpenOffice.org, we were delighted to see that the second most requested
feature by Dell customers was to have our office software pre-installed
on Dell systems. This request attracted more than 25,000 votes in two
We believe that OpenOffice.org 2 software perfectly matches Dellâs
values. OpenOffice.org 2 is high quality office software, the result of
over twenty yearsâ continuous software engineering. It runs under all
common operating systems. It offers everything users expect from office
software, plus some bonus features that may pleasantly surprise them.
Itâs easy for customers to use, with a familiar look and feel, and can
read and write a wide range of file formats, including Microsoftâs. On
top of all this, being licenced under open-source terms, it represents
outstanding value for money for you and your customers.
Letâs have a conversation about how we could build an âOpenOffice.org
supplied by Dellâ product to give your customers what they are asking
for. Weâd also be happy to accept any financial contribution that Dell
might offer to help ensure that OpenOffice.org continues to evolve in
Marketing Project Lead
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.orgÂ®. OpenOffice.org's
leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers,
systems integrators, etc to use in OpenOffice.org extensions or in their
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 and with
native language support in over 80 languages. OpenOffice.org software 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.
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