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Go-oo is an open source suite derived from the highly popular

It includes patches that have been refused by Sun Microsystems. It is important to appreciate that Go-oo is not generally considered to be a fork of as it follows the same development path but includes patches that have not (yet) been included in the build.

Some of the features and improvements have not been included simply because of technical, business or legal reasons.

It is frequently forgotten that many popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva, and Debian actually ship with some of the patches provided by Go-oo and not just vanilla

Besides the benefits offered by additional functionality (detailed below), Go-oo has lower memory requirements, it is quicker to start up, and more responsive in use for some operations.

The development of Go-oo commenced in 2007.

 Go-oo 3.1.1

Free to download



Free Software Community

Website (defunct)

System Requirements
Kernel version 2.4 or higher
glibc2 version 2.3.2 or higher
256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
400 MB hard disk space
X-Server with 1024 x 768 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours

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Features include:

  • Feature set of
  • Improved startup performance
  • Better support for Office Open XML file formats
  • 3-D transition effects for presentations
  • Rich fields support
    • Nesting
    • In-place editing
    • Multiple fonts
    • Nested conditionals
  • Uses a combo box in place of the zoom button in stock
  • Lnear optimization solver that can optimize a cell value based on arbitrary constraints, built into Calc
  • Improved interoperability with Excel
  • Provides VBA macro support
  • Allows UNO automation with Mono
  • Supports multimedia content using the GStreamer multimedia framework
  • Text Grid rendering
  • SVP support
  • Improved EMF rendering
  • Support for MS-Works files, WordPerfect Graphics files, Lotus Word Pro files
  • Password protect XLS files
  • Bundles the most useful extensions, like presenter console, pdfimport, or presentation minimizer

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