The Power of Fredom: The Borg Is Not Invincile

The following is from an email I received from the Community of which Iama member. The newsletter article shows the power of what can be accomplished with really great open source software. This proves that Microsoft is not invincible. For those of you not famiiar with, there is an explanation of what it is at the end of the article.

November 10, 2008 — Early on Sunday 9th, the Community achieved an historic milestone, when the ten millionth person clicked on the “Download” button since the Community announced version 3.0, just four weeks ago. The week also saw the first time the Annual Conference has been held outside Europe, with over four hundred people attending the Conference in Beijing, China from Wednesday to Friday.

John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead, explained the importance of the two events. “Since the launch of 3.0, we have had a verifiable record of downloads from central website. We were delighted to hit a million downloads in the first two days. Four weeks later, we 0000000000000000have hit ten million, and we are still seeing an amazing 250,000 – 350,000 downloads a day. For a community with no advertising budget, this is an astonishing level of product awareness around the world. Add to this the success of our Beijing Conference, and there can be no doubt that is now genuinely a global phenomenon.”

What makes the statistics impressive is that they only record downloads via the website, and exclude for example large numbers of Linux users who generally download software from their own distributor.00 0There are estimated to be eight million users of Ubuntu Linux alone, the majority of whom rely on for their office software. In addition, many users obtain via other mirrors, peer-to-peer networks, CDs, or other media. The total number of users worldwide is not known, but the Community believes it is well on track to reach its declared target of a 40% market share
worldwide by 2010.

Finally, even with this level of market acceptance, the Community is not complacent. The Bug Bounty Programme is still open, offering cash prizes of up to 500 Euro to new developers who help fix 00bugs reported by users. This is part of ongoing activity to encourage additional developers, which has already resulted in a record number of contributors working on the 3.0 release.


Information about 3.0 software:
Download 3.0 for free:
The Bug Bounty Programme:
The case for
The Annual Conference 2008:


The Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, translate, support, and promote the leading open source office productivity suite,®.’s leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc. to use in extensions or in their own applications. uses the OpenDocument Format OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as supporting legacy file formats such as Microsoft Office, and is available on major computing platforms in over 100 languages. software is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.


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