Who’s buying new PCs with Windows Vista Home Basic? Judging by the name, you’d assume those OS editions would be loaded on underpowered machines headed for tract homes in the burbs and studio apartments in the city. But you’d be wrong.
That day will hopefully mark the actual availability of the software as well; "[The] target date is now 13th or 14th of October," Charles Schulz wrote on the OpenOffice marketing blog on Oct. 2.
Meanwhile, OpenOffice 3.0 release candidate 4 is available via the organization's Web site as of Oct. 7. However, RC4 is not recommended for production use, as it is not the final product, OpenOffice.org said.
OpenOffice, intended to be a free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office, released the beta version of 3.0 in May. OpenOffice 3.0 will feature a new Start Center, icons, and zoom control in the status bar, as well as support for the ".docx" file format used by Microsoft Office 2007. The release candidate also includes additional, technical updates, details of which are provided on the OpenOffice Web site.
The launch event will be sponsored by the Region Ile de France, Silicon Sentier, and OpenOffice, and will feature presentations by Jean-Paul Huchon, president of Region Ile de France, Louis Suarez-Potts, president of the OpenOffice.org Community Council, and Charles-H. Schulz, leader of the native-language confederation at OpenOffice.org.
The party is open to everyone, and registration is available online.
Earlier this year, versions of OpenOffice between 2.0 and 2.4 were affected by a vulnerability in the software's custom memory allocation routine. It was discovered by iDefense's VCP (vulnerability contributor program), which allows researchers to submit vulnerabilities and exploit code for money. (story Link)
The Flash player's camera and microphone access dialog are the problem, and the workaround involves denying interactive access to them through Flash. There is a workaround to the workaround in which specific sites may be allowed access.
Adobe says that a true fix will be available before the end of October. (story Link)
The launch appears to confirm rumors of new MacBooks, including possibly the so-called "Brick," where Apple's manufacturers would use lasers to carve the notebook from a single block of aluminum. The advantage would be to add stability to Apple's thin-and-light notebooks, helping to eliminate the flex in the chassis.
Rumors have also surfaced that at least one of the notebooks will be priced as aggressively as $800.
A lower-priced notebook could help offset worries that the fourth-quarter will be an especially tough one for tech companies, including boutique companies like Apple. This week, a staff economist for the Consumer Electronics Association predicted that fourth-quarter consumer spending on consumer electronics would be just "okay".
The press conference is being characterized as a "town hall," and will be held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. (story Link)
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