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14 October 2008, 10:29 3.0 launch overwhelms servers

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Shortly after the release of 3.0, the project's web site was overwhelmed by users wanting to see the new release of the open source office productivity suite. According to a message from Louis Suarez-Potts on the mailing list " 3.0 is proving immensely, staggeringly popular. ... Oh, by popular, we mean it: figure hundreds of thousands of users, mostly Windows users, but also Mac OS X and Linux and Solaris users, all trying to download it all at once…"

Some reports saw this as a mark of how popular the office suite has become, though it could also be seen as a failure of planning for the release; some vendors allow for bursts of demand by using content cache services like CacheFly or Amazon S3 to reduce load on their servers during those periods by relocating graphics and other page furniture to those services.

A temporary web page has been set up now on the site which give users download links to various mirrors around the world. Users in the UK who wish to save time can go directly to a fast UK mirror site where the various versions are available.


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