Foreword

Over the last decade, open source has continued its meteoric ride to the top; with Web servers like Apache and operating systems like Linux and BSD Unix, open source’s development and continued growth has profoundly impacted the software marketplace.

For years, Microsoft Office has been the undisputed champion of the “productivity” suite. But recently, some critics have accused it of being bloated and overly complex—not to mention expensive! Sun’s acquisition of StarOffice, and its subsequent release as OpenOffice.org, was met with derision from some pundits, who said going up against Microsoft Office was a fool’s game.

Yet, look where we are now: OpenOffice.org has reached the point where the development and user communities are growing ...

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