The real OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta is out and people are asking questions. Here are FAQ, a few other questions that should be FAQ, and errata.
This is a beta. What's the worse than can happen?
Minimally you should assume any document saved from a beta version will be totally lost, so you should backup your documents and not save anything from OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta that you are not willing to lose. As precedent, certain documents saved from OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta (three years ago) are hard to retrieve.
For more ideas of what can go wrong, see the list of issues discovered in OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta and issues planned to be fixed in OpenOffice.org 3.0.0. The issues planned to be fixed in 3.0.0 were found in different versions back to before version 1.0.0. Many of the issues planned to be fixed are already fixed in in the 3.0 development series.
If this risk is too great, use OpenOffice.org 2.4 until September when 3.0 is released as a final version.
The file associations are not registered. When I click on documents with extensions .odt, .doc, etc., OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta is not the application that opens.
The lack of file association registration is intentional. The beta is unstable and not intended for everyday use: it is intended for testing only.
Accepting that warning, you can register your own file associations. There are several ways. On Windows XP. Right click on the document. Choose Open With - Choose Program. Click Browse, and choose c:\program files\OOo-dev 3\program\simpress.exe.
On Windows, another way is to run the command setup.exe WRITE_REGISTRY=1(thanks Joost Andrae).
In GNOME, right click the document and choose Open With Other Application. Then choose /opt/ooo-dev3/program/soffice.
How do I start OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta?
In Linux, run /opt/ooo-dev3/program/soffice .
On Windows, you can start OpenOffice.org 3 beta with the exception above regarding file associations.
Will the OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta installation coexist with my OpenOffice.org 2.x installation?
Yes, OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta will install in parallel so as not to touch OpenOffice.org 2.x installations. You can run both 2.x and 3.0 simultaneously.
OpenOffice.org 3.0 does (something wrong) when I do (something)
Gather information about the bug so that someone else can reproduce it. Next, query the Issue Tracker to see if it already has been reported. If not, report it to the Issue Tracker. Ask if you need help.
Do I have to install Java? I already have another version or I just don't want to install Java.
When downloading the beta for Windows, there is no option: you must download Java. OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta comes with Java Runtime 6 update 5. However, you don't have to install it. During the install, choose a custom install. Then, under Optional Components, uncheck the Java option.
Alternatively, see the comments for location to download OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta without Java.
Here is what's new in OpenOffice.org 3.0
- OpenOffice.org 3.0 features, an early look
- OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta?
- Interactive crop in Draw and Impress
- Shared Calc spreadsheets
- Desktop icon for Windows
- OpenOffice.org's marketing team's list of OpenOffice.org 3.0 features
What should I test?
There many different things to test including whatever you normally do with OpenOffice.org, the new OpenOffice.org 3.0 features listed above, specifications marked for 3.0, issues listed in the Issue Tracker for 3.0, and the standard QA tests.
Which bugs have already been reported?
Why are my lists in Writer formatted incorrectly when saving in OpenOffice.org 3.0 and opening in OpenOffice.org 2.x?
A new feature makes list formatting incompatible from 3.0 to 2.4. See issue report 89210 for more information.
I cannot save documents on Windows Vista
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta can't save documents on Windows Vista (issue #87244). The workaround is to click Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org - General. Select the OpenOffice.org dialogs.
Alternatively, upgrade to a newer DEV300 developer snapshot.
Post your other questions in the comments below.