Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 505830
Cells Functions in Status Bar do not Display Correctly in OpenOffice.org
Last modified: 2013-04-02 00:23:21 EDT
Created attachment 347806 [details]
Upper part of picture shows the bug in Fedora 11, lower part shows how it should be base on rpms from www.openoffice.org
Description of problem:
One can right-click in the status bar on the cell functions to select different functions. The cell functions in the status bar should include Count, Maximum, Sum, etc. However, they only include "Sum/Average" and "None."
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
OpenOffice.org 3.1, that is, the one that you get with
yum groupinstall "Office/Productivity"
in Fedora 11.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum groupinstall "Office/Productivity"
2. start OpenOffice.org
3. right-click on the status bar where the cells functions are
A menu opens that displays "Sum/Average" and "None." See the attachment (upper part of picture).
A menu opens that displays "Average," "CountA," "Count," "Maximum," "Minimum," "Sum," and "None." See the attachment (lower part of picture). I obtained this attachment by taking a screenshot from installing the rpms from the openoffice.org website.
I looked for ways to enhance the cells functions menu in the status bar in Fedora 11, but was unable to find anything related. As a consequence, I believe this is a bug because it seems that it cannot be remedied by changing some options.
Red Hat reviews and scrubs its code for intellectual property issues. Our
approach has always been conservative, i.e., if there is any question, resolve
the issue or remove the code. Red Hat recently implemented a number of changes
in its distribution of OpenOffice to address such issues. These changes should
not be construed as implying any immediate intellectual property problem;
rather, they have been implemented to assure that no such immediate problems
arise. While implementing these changes in our own distribution of OpenOffice,
we have also made them available upstream to the OpenOffice project.
Thanks for the comment. These cells functions are very useful for people who are working with OpenOffice.org for example in finance-related fields. The way I understand the comment from Caolan McNamara is that there are intellectual property issues.
I'm not a legal expert, but it's difficult to see why including "Sum/Average" is not an issue, and why including "Count" is an issue. Maybe there is a way to reconsider the decision to close this bug.
These functions are absolutely essential in the work I (an others) do. Without them, I am forced to revert to the generic openoffice download.
I echo Mat's comment above. It is difficult to see how Count (and CountA) could be part of intellectual property.