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Perspectives on Apache OpenOffice 3.4 download numbers

Rob Weir - You may have read, on the Apache OpenOffice blog, news that the project has had 5 million downloads in the first 6 weeks since the release of version 3.4.  And as the above chart shows, the download rate has increased in the past two weeks, as we’ve started to roll out the upgrade notifications to 3.3 users.

When I mention the “5 million” achievement, the reaction is generally along the lines of, “That’s excellent !!!  Right?  That is good, isn’t it?”  The fact is the number is large, but without comparison or context, it is hard to gauge.     I think I can provide some comparisons and context to put these numbers in perspective.