What are the system requirements?
Generally, 64-128MB of RAM is recommended, with a minimum of 32MB present under the Windows and Linux installation. 64MB is suggested to be the bare minimum as more memory improves start-up speed and overall performance. On Windows and Linux, a minimum of 115MB of hard disk space is required (this can go up to about 240MB), while on Mac OS X, you require about 450MB of disk space.
Where can I get the downloads for my platform?
The best place to look for the latest, greatest releases and related information is at OpenOffice.org's Download Central web page, which can also be accessed via the Download tab at the top of most pages at the OpenOffice.org web site.
Most operating systems will run the latest stable release, but there are exceptions:
- The porting project and its members are the maintainers of the latest stable release for Mac OS X.
- The legacy release for Win95 is 188.8.131.52.
The next version will be 2.0 and it is scheduled for release in March 2005. In the meantime, developer snapshots (previews) are available for folks who are curious at heart. Note these snapshots are still in alpha state and are not necessarily stable. They are available for testing purposes. If you wish to test for bugs, this is the version that will be the most fun to use.
Can I download only parts of the OpenOffice.org suite?
No, this is not possible at this time. OpenOffice.org is an application suite. A suite is one application with several different faces. Most of these faces use the same set of libraries. Although the download size of the entire application may be around 70 MB, the download for the core components needed to enable only the word processor module would probably be over 50 MB. This is not much of a saving compared to the loss of extra functionality included in the other modules of the office suite.
What is the best way to download such a large file?
Use a download manager. This allows you to start, suspend, and resume the download. There is information about various download mangagers at OpenOffice.org's Download Central web page.
You can use the Search utility if you cannot remember where you placed the file during the download process. If you just downloaded the Windows version of OOo, then the file should be called something like OOo_1.1.3_Win32Intel_install.exe or OOo_184.108.40.206_Win32Intel_install.zip.
To use the search utility in Win98, click on the Start button, choose Find > Files or Folders, type OOo into the Named field, then click the Find Now button. This will bring up a list of all files on your system that contain OOo, and it will show where they live.
To use the search utility in WinXP or Win2000, click on the Start button, choose Search > Files or Folders, type OOo into the Search for files or folders named field, then click the Search Now button.
The path to the search utility will not be exactly the same on every operating system, but it will be similar. (If you can provide exact steps to the search utility on your operating system, please do!)
You can order OpenOffice.org on CD from various distributors.
If downloading the software is not feasible, you are always welcome to purchase a CDROM from one of the distributors that make them available in your country. More information about this is available at the OpenOffice.org CDROM Project.
It is also interesting to note that Red Hat Linux, Mandrake Linux, and SuSe distribute OpenOffice.org with their Linux distributions. Mandrake Club (Silver Membership) also provides a copy of StarOffice as an alternative product.