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OpenOffice 1.1.3 Makes It To Release Code

The open-source software suite rolls out its latest release candidate amidst controversy over potential legal troubles with Microsoft.
OpenOffice, the open-source suite that competes with Microsoft Office, rolled into its latest release candidate version Monday.

The free-of-charge OpenOffice 1.1.3 RC -- dubbed "release candidate" as it nears final form -- is available for download from the OpenOffice.org Web site.

Recently, documents made public by Microsoft and Sun showed that although the two agreed not to sue each other for patent infringements, the deal doesn't cover OpenOffice, which is based on code released to the open-source community by Sun.

Although the RC edition doesn't include any new features over earlier versions, it includes a host of bug fixes, the group said on its site. OpenOffice runs on the Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.

Version 2.0 of OpenOffice, which will feature a redesigned interface and include a database application for the first time, is working its way through preliminary editions. Users can download the most recent alpha of the suite from OpenOffice.org's FTP server.