OpenOffice 3.0, the latest version of the free 'alternative' Office suite is out of beta.
OpenOffice, for those that haven't used it previously, is an open source suite of client programs supported by CollabNet Inc., Sun Microsystems, and other organizations and contributors.
The suite includes Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation software), Draw (graphics, flowcharts and more), and Base (an embedded database).
The main OpenOffice.org website is still offering version 2 as of this post, however, numerous prominant websites are already showing the new final version and are pointing to various 'official' OpenOffice download mirror ftp sites.
The University of Utah (US) mirror is currently showing Open Office 3.0 for Solaris, Linux, and Windows. The version we downloaded a short time ago no longer has the Beta stamp.
It shouldn't take too long for the software to hit your local mirror, so we suggest you wait a bit! .... to get the localized version for your area. The mirror sites can be found here.
More to come as we test out this latest version of OpenOffice!