Apache OpenOffice

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Rejected

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Release Candidate 1 (Build 9702) has been rejected.  It was not good enough. Detlef, in our German-language community, first noted the crash two days ago, which was passed on to the developers by Regina.  We immediately started further testing to narrow down the problem.

Samer, in Canada, independently reported the crash a few hours later.  We then determined that the crash only occurred on Windows 8 64-bit systems.  Rob, in the United States, then worked with Herbert, in Germany, to find out where in the code the problem was.  After a few more emails and chats, we had a proposed fix to test. 

As community members in Germany and North America slept, Yuzhen was testing the fix in Beijing. And now, this morning, the fix is confirmed and we've agreed to produce a new Release Candidate.  If the new Release Candidate is free of serious issues it will be released next week.

This is how a global community of volunteers produce quality open source software.  There are skills required -- technical and social -- to coordinate a fix like this.  But it also requires something much more important:  a dedication to quality.  We know that OpenOffice is more than just another software tool for our users.  It is how you do work, how you write and communicate.  If OpenOffice crashes then your productivity crashes. 

For Apache OpenOffice 4.0, over 20 QA volunteers executed 1,221 regression test cases on 5 operating systems.  495 reported issues are resolved in this release, including many bugs reported in earlier releases.

We hope that you join us in encouraging these priorities.  We look forward to presenting you a high-quality OpenOffice 4.0 really soon.  Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is quality worth waiting for.

If you also have a passion for quality and attention to detail, then you might be interested in volunteering on our QA team.  You can read more about volunteering with the Apache OpenOffice project on our Get Involved page. 

Comments:

You guys really rock! Thank you for all that you do.

Posted by David McMaster on July 16, 2013 at 03:42 PM UTC #

You need to work on your PR. Why were there no public beta announcements? The LibreOffice propaganda machine has already convinced many people that OO is dead. Release early, release often.

Posted by SuperKK on July 16, 2013 at 04:18 PM UTC #

@David, Thanks for the kind words! @SuperKK, there was no beta for AOO 4.0. We've focused more on formal QA than ad-hoc "testing" by end users. But we are discussing whether or not to have a public beta for AOO 4.1. As for propaganda, the best advertisement is a happy user. We hope our 4.0 advertising will be heard everywhere.

Posted by Rob Weir on July 16, 2013 at 05:17 PM UTC #

You do realize that with statements and informations like that you raise the bar even higher. Which is of course awesome. Kudos to all AOO team.

Posted by John Doe on July 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM UTC #

Thanks. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Granville Grimm on July 16, 2013 at 08:28 PM UTC #

And that's why I love open source and especially Apache Software Foundation! :-)

Posted by Bay Emmar on July 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM UTC #

Great example of open source capability. Have often told others about this software project, but they seem to be too entrenched. Not sure if it beats Pages for writing though, but it does offer an alternative & robust framework for laptop / desktop 'productivity'. ATB & look forward to testing version 4.0.

Posted by John Appleseed on July 19, 2013 at 06:38 AM UTC #

I felt very much happy after I read this, I think it happens some times "this morning, the fix is confirmed and we've agreed to produce a new Release Candidate. "

Posted by pure research on July 19, 2013 at 09:53 AM UTC #

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