OpenOffice.org users clamoring for the latest version of the open source office productivity software crashed the project's Web site briefly on Monday. According to ITworld.com, community representatives said a greater demand than expected for version 3.0 caused the difficulties. They set up a temporary landing page for users until the problems were resolved.
Earlier this year, OpenOffice.org was named the best overall project at the Sourceforge.net Community Choice Awards. The increase in demand may have resulted, at least in part, from that victory.
As of Tuesday morning, the OpenOffice.org Web site was still sluggish. This message greets users who visit:
Apologies - our website is struggling to cope with the unprecedented demand for the new release 3.0 of OpenOffice.org. The technical teams are trying to come up with a solution. Thank you for your patience.
But so far the release has met with rave reviews, according to IT Business Edge's newest blogger, Paul Mah. His favorite thing about version 3.0? "[I]ts built-in support of Microsoft Office 2007/2008 formats." He suggests that support of the Microsoft Office formats eliminates the biggest obstacle small businesses have had to overcome in order to make the switch from Office.