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Initial release 2.3.0 (unstable) October 8, 2007 (2007-10-08)
Discontinued 3.2.1-11 (July 21, 2010 (2010-07-21)) [1]
Development status Discontinued in favour of LibreOffice
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
Platform Cross-platform
Type Office suite
License GNU Lesser General Public License
Website (defunct)

Go-oo (also Go-Open Office;[2] previously called ooo-build[3]) was an Novell.

ooo-build was started in 2003. The domain name was being used by 2005.[4] The first separate release of Go-oo was 2.3.0, in October 2007. Go-oo was discontinued in favour of LibreOffice in September 2010.[3][5]

Go-oo had better support for the [6] including write support, as well as other enhancements that had not been accepted upstream.[7] The hybrid PDF export (PDF that includes original source documents), Sun Presentation Minimizer, and other functionalities were directly available in Go-oo.

The package branded "" in many popular [8][9][10][11]


The ooo-build patchset was started at [13]

Since the end of 2007,[7] various Linux distributions, including [2] had not been accepted (or, in some cases, even submitted) upstream.[15][16][17] Others also offered Windows builds based on Go-oo, e.g. OxygenOffice Professional and Novell Edition.

GNOME), said that the differentiation was done because Sun Microsystems wanted to preserve the right to sell the code on a proprietary basis, as they did for IBM Lotus Symphony.[3] Sun was accused of not accepting contributions from the community.[18][19] Go-oo encouraged outside contributions, with rules similar to those later adopted for LibreOffice.[20]

In September 2010, The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice as a fully separate fork of Go-oo was deprecated in favour of LibreOffice and Go-oo changes were incorporated into LibreOffice.


Stable builds of Go-oo were usually available a couple of days after Oracle stable builds. Windows builds had a different last number in the version's number than Linux builds.[21] A stable version for Macintosh computers was available.[22]

Windows Linux Macintosh
Version Available from Version Available from Version Available from
2.3.0 (unstable) October 8, 2007 2.3.0 (unstable) November 14, 2007
2.4.0 April 30, 2008 2.4.0 (unstable) February 20, 2008
2.4.1 June 10, 2008 2.4.1 June 26, 2008
3.0 October 22, 2008 3.0.0 November 21, 2008
3.0.1 February 4, 2009 3.0.1 February 5, 2009
3.1.0 June 2, 2009 3.1.0 June 2, 2009 3.1.0 May 28, 2009
3.1.1 September 16, 2009 3.1.1 September 5, 2009 3.1.1 September 4, 2009
3.2.0 (3.2.0-13) February 26, 2010 3.2.0 February 26, 2010 3.2.0 ( February 26, 2010
3.2.1 (3.2.1-11) July 21, 2010 3.2.1 July 21, 2010 3.2.1 June 4, 2010

Differences between and Go-oo


  • Go-oo works faster in some operations than[23] This makes it perform faster than[24]
  • The 3.0 installation no longer includes a large number of dictionaries for writing aids (spell checker, hyphenation and thesaurus), as this impacted application performance. Localised releases may include dictionaries for particular primary and secondary languages. Dictionaries are now available as downloadable extensions, separately for each language.[25] Go-oo installation from version 3 on includes dictionaries in many languages, as a single extension, being a part of installation files. Inclusion of a large number of dictionaries in a default installation may affect performance.
  • Better Chinese font rendering.[24]


  • Go-oo includes 3-D transition effects in Presentations (Linux).[26]
  • Use of the GStreamer multimedia framework in Linux for multimedia content;[24]
  • Go-oo uses a combo box in place of the zoom button in stock Newer OOo 2.x feature releases have a clickable status bar item for a zoom menu. A zoom slider was introduced to OOo 3.0 Writer and later added to OOo 3.1 Calc, Impress and Draw components.
  • Go-oo Calc 2.4.x has a built in function called "Solver". It is a little different from the Solver function of the same name, which is available from 3.0. 2.4.x has no Solver.

Filetype support

  • Go-oo can write OOXML files, and not just read them.
  • Go-oo 2.4.x has built in support for opening Office Open XML files and brings this function also for Windows 98/ME users. (Note: 3.x has built in support for opening Office Open XML documents, but those versions of OOo cannot be installed under Windows 98/ME.)
  • VBA macro support;
  • Microsoft Works filetype import;[24]
  • Lotus Word Pro import;
  • Go-oo Draw has built-in functionality to open SVG files. OpenOffice Draw requires an extension.[27][28][29]
  • The PDF Import extension is included by default in Go-oo 3.0.
  • Improved EMF drawing;
  • WordPerfect Graphics import.
  • From version 3.0 on, Go-oo can save password-protected XLS files. It uses only one basic encryption method compatible with many spreadsheet applications (for example Gnumeric).
  • Go-oo 3.x can save Office Open XML files such as docx, xlsx, pptx by using Novell OpenXML Converter.[30] Because Go-oo for Windows and Novell Edition for Windows are similar, Novell OpenXML Converter can work with Go-oo 3.x.[31]


  • Go-oo localizations are available only as language packs to the English installation.[11] Translations of the user interface and dictionaries for different languages in Go-oo are in some cases not the same as in

Other differences

  • Go-oo uses "Tango style" application shortcut icons, quick launch icons and icons for associated files.[32][33]
  • Go-oo installation files were usually available for download a couple of days after builds were released.
  • Go-oo for Windows was similar to Novell Edition for Windows. For example Go-oo has version 3.0-19 and Novell Edition 3.0-22.[31]
  • The first time is started, a wizard opens to guide a user through the setting of user name and the registration process.[34] This wizard is disabled in Go-oo.

See also


  1. ^;O=D
  2. ^ a b Hillesley, Richard (17 April 2009). "IBM, Sun and".  
  3. ^ a b c Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks - Slashdot
  4. ^ Meeks, Michael (28 January 2005). "ooo-build 1.3.8 Announced". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Jake Edge (28 September 2010). "Michael Meeks talks about LibreOffice and the Document Foundation".  
  6. ^ "odf-converter-integrator". Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Thoma, Jörg (October 6, 2010). "Oracle erteilt dem Communityprojekt eine Absage" (in German).  
  8. ^ "Gentoo's OpenOffice Package". 
  9. ^ """Bug #151829 in (Ubuntu): "Include go-oo in Ubuntu. Chris Cheney, Ubuntu's package maintainer. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  10. ^ :: Go-OO: The best office suite you never knew you used
  11. ^ a b Go-oo derivates in Linux distributions
  12. ^
  13. ^ James, Daniel (7 May 2007). "Meek not geek - Interview with Michael Meeks of". Tux Deluxe. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Yoshida, Kohei (2 October 2007). "History of Calc Solver". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Ooo-build - collection of patches, artwork and build infrastructure
  16. ^ "Building ooo-build from source". December 22, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ Editions of
  18. ^ Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks
  19. ^ Can IBM save from itself?
  20. ^ Hillesley, Richard (29 January 2009). "Healthcheck: OpenOffice: Calling a cat a dog". The H Open. p. 4. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Go-oo download
  22. ^ Go-oo Mac OS X-Intel version
  23. ^ The fastest edition
  24. ^ a b c d Proschofsky, Andreas (27 July 2008). "Sun dropping out of development wouldn't be an entirely negative thing".  
  25. ^ Dictionaries in 3
  26. ^ What is Go-oo? - What is Go-oo and how is it related to Open Office
  27. ^ SVG Import Filter - wiki
  28. ^ SVG Import Extension - repository for extensions
  29. ^ SVG Tiny Import/Export (does not work with OOo 3.1) - repository for extensions
  30. ^ "Download–OpenXML translator". Novell. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  31. ^ a b Novell Edition for Windows
  32. ^ Tango style
  33. ^ 3.0 icons
  34. ^ first start wizard

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