They launched the special site called "phoenix" and explained what they provide.
Volunteers from the oss forum provide email support service (ooo-supporter at ossforum.info).
Also if a user tweets using hashtag #ossforum, he/she will be supported by the volunteers.
Type A: Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS + Japanese Remix + OpenOffice.org 3.2.0
Type B: Kubuntu 10.04.2 LTS + OpenOffice.org 3.2.0
Type C: OpenOffice.org installer + OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 for Windows
I have got the OpenOffice.org CDs. Here you go.
About reconstruction and opensource software demand and OpenOffice.org CD demand, I am talking with people who I have visited in the devastated areas such as Miyako, Yamada, Otsuchi, Kamaishi, Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, Kesennuma and others.
We are planning to distribute those CDs to those who want to use them.
We are further planning to create an original opensource Office software CD or DVD in each devastated area and sell them to people in many parts of Japan and the world.
In the near future we would like to develop User training program, Supporter program, Consultant program and so on. Then devastated area's local governments will be happy to adopt Opensource Office software. SMB in the local areas will also adopt them.
Opensource business can be a local industry which can employ many people.
You see what the people in the devastated areas really need now!
For quick and real reconstruction we would like to contribute to Job Creation.
"Dear Kazunari Hirano, Team OpenOffice.org wishes to support your efforts in helping Earthquake victims. We wish you and all victims all the best. Best regards, Matthias Huetsch (for Team OpenOffice.org)"
Today I visited some evacuation centers in Ichinoseki city in Iwate-ken, one of the six prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan, and started to prepare my school, Ichinoseki English Language Institute (IELI), for evacuees from the devastated areas.
I cleaned up the mess.
I am planning to get tatami-mats or thick carpets, futons or mattresses, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, towels, heaters, pots, basins, cups and etc. for this place.
It has running water and electricity. It has a bathroom but no shower, no bathtub.
Good news is that there is a sento, a public bath, near :)
It is close to Ichinoseki train station and a major shopping street.
I am sure that neighbors, shop owners and restaurants will help us.
Then evacuees can relax, take a rest, stay for a while, stay overnight or more, use heaters to keep warm, drink hot water, eat warm food, keep their body clean and sleep well.
Several friends of mine advised me to get a PayPal account. So I got it.
Today I received donations from Peter Junge and oooES (donaciones at openoffice.org). I really appreciate them for their consideration and action.
Yamagata Shimbun on Oct. 30th (web version on Oct. 31st) reported, "It was revealed on Oct. 29th that Yamagata prefectural government decided on a plan to adopt OpenOffice.org as next PC office software for fiscal 2011 due to the fact that support for MS Office XP will end in July, 2011."
They have about 2,600 Office XP insatalled PCs. If they want to upgrade them to new version, it costs 30,000 - 32,000 yen per PC. They also have Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, which would have to be upgraded. It would cost a lot.
They have a total of about 5,600 PCs in their government office and local agencies. All these PCs will get OpenOffice.org installed.
OpenOffice.org will completely replace MS Office in July 2011.
Maho Nakata, OpenOffice.org Japanese Language Project lead, congratulated the foundation of ODPG and gave a message, "OpenOffice.org Japanese Language Project represents Japanese language supporting activity in OpenOffice.org community and works on translation, quality assurance, marketing and other related activity. These activities are carried out by very small number of volunteers. Supports and contributions extended by user companies and organizations have been very limited. After the foundation of ODPG, we expect that OpenOffice.org Japanese Language Project and ODPG will develop cooperative relations towards sustainable development of OpenOffice.org and ODF."
"We in the OpenOffice.org Community are delighted that this effort, the OpenOffce.org and OpenDocument Format Promotion Group, Japan (ODPG), has been launched, especially given that this year, 2010, marks the Community's tenth anniversary--and the fifth anniversary since the ODF was declared as the preferred standard by the US State of Massachusetts. We look forward to the ODPG's success as a vehicle for the promotion and use of open standards around the world, not just in Japan, and invite all to join the effort." said Florian Effenberger, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead.