12 April 2006

The Power of the Community, The Speed of OSS Release Cycles!

Hallelujah! After a little bit of recent suggestive poking and carefully phrased motivation, the most annoying bug in OpenOffice.org has been fixed! That right, the screw up with hiding (suppressing) blank paragraphs, issue 56195, has finally been solved by the rather wonderful yet mysterious OS (I don't know his/her real name). This bug has been dragging on since October 2005 and believe me it was a hard one to track down. As with the most complex of bugs there is usually a simple cause and I'm delighted to say that when workspace os80 gets integrated into the main code (due towards the end of April) we can test the fix and then upgrade away to the final 2.0.3 release at the end of May. I can now stop my quest to bypass this bug by writing an entire new mail merge routine in OOBasic! Do you think proprietary software would have a minor bug fix like this to market within seven months? Updated: Another email has just landed in my Inbox saying that OS has also fixed issue 52629, the printer properties box does not come up when printing a form letter (a mail merge)! What a guy/girl (that's not slander, I'm just not sure what sex OS is)! Maybe today's the day for fixing all the issues reported by phillg - if I knew it would have been alphabetical I would have got Andy to report them!