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OpenOffice.org on OS/2 and eCS Previews at Warpstock 2003

September 28, 2003 by Tim Cardozo

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Warpstock 2003 in San Francisco, taking place the weekend of October 18th, will host an important presentation previewing the newly announced support for Open Office on OS/2 and eCS. Here's the background info.

Serenity Systems, NorthLAN Solutions, and Innotek Systemberatung recently concluded an agreement to, "make Open Office support available to OS/2 users". While complete details of this agreement remain confidential, we do know that Innotek will be doing the development and that Serenity will offer the product to end users through its reseller channel.

Innotek's Oliver Stein will be making a presentation at Warpstock 2003 during which he will demo the code, tell us what Open Office is, and what the OS/2 specifics are. He'll also be covering the results of their first tests (" ... the performance will be really impressive.") and how Innotek's great font engine can be used to get the best possible WSIWYG on-screen display. Oliver will also be clarifying the timings of expected beta and General Availability roll-outs of this exciting new choice for OS/2 and eCS office productivity software users!

Warpstock 2003 will be at the Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport the weekend of October 18th and 19th. Remember, both discounted Warpstock registration and Doubletree hotel room rates are only available through Thursday, September 25th. So, save yourself some money! Register for Warpstock and make your room reservations today!

Here's the link to the Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport's homepage:
<http://www.doubletree.com/en/dt/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOAODT>

The hotel's direct number is 1-650-344-5500. Their FAX number is 1-650-340-8851.

Here is Hilton's secure reservations URL for making Warpstock 2003 room reseverations:
<https://secure.hilton.com/en/dt/res/choose_dates.jhtml?&hotel=SFOAODT&spec_plan_desc=Warpstock&spec_plan=CDTWRS>

Finally, Early Bird Pricing of only $99 for both days, for Warpstock itself, also ends Thursday. Friday that rate goes up to $140! Think of it as getting the Social, a $50 cost, for nearly free! So, save yourself save some money and register before Friday at this URL:
<http://www.bamart.com/Store.asp?m=Warpstockinc&n=9&k=4268&s=Registration>

Here's some further background info on Open Office and Innotek!

OpenOffice.org, web site home of the Open Office project, says, "OpenOffice.org is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites'. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.

"Available in 25 languages with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion." We can now add OS/2 and eCS to that list!

Innotek has demonstrated its expertise in this area with various projects including updated Adobe Acrobat and updated Java support for OS/2 users. Read the Serenity Systems press release on this new development at: <http://www.ecomstation.com/>

Warpstock, Inc., is a North Carolina corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock web site: <http://www.warpstock.org>

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