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Oracle to give OpenOffice.org back to the community

By Emil
Apr 16, 2011
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  1. Database giant Oracle has announced its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of OpenOffice. Oracle became OpenOffice's principal contributor when it acquired Sun Microsystems last year.

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  2. LauRoman

    LauRoman TS Rookie

  3. edvim

    edvim TS Rookie

    Solaris is a Unix based operating system, not an Office suite, and was developed by Sun Microsystems. When Oracle bought out Sun they got control of Solaris and are still supporting it. OpenSolaris, founded also by Sun but co-developed by Sun and the Open Source community is now dead after Oracle refused to interact with the OpenSolaris developers. (A fork of OpenSolaris resulted in Openindiana, which stands a better chance of continuing having no direct ties to Oracle.)

    OpenOffice.org was based off of StarOffice, which Sun acquired in the late 90's from StarDivision, a German company. Not too long ofter Oracle's takeover of Sun, a number of key OpenOffice.org developers left Oracle as they saw the not-too-friendly attitude of management, not unlike the Solaris/OpenSolaris situation. They founded the independent Document Foundation and soon released the very increasingly popular LibreOffice. Oracle would not accept any invitations to participate in the Document Foundation, nor would they allow them to continue using the name, "OpenOffice.org" which resulted in the new 'LibreOffice' name.

    So, "OpenOffice was once called OpenSolaris" is not correct in any way. I have to disagree with the article's author regarding, "...OpenOffice community has won this little bout." The momentum behind the Document Foundation is steadily growing and even major Linux distros like Fedora and Ubuntu will be changing from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice in their upcoming releases. Independent developer participation and contributions have skyrocketed since the early announcements of LibreOffice. As for OpenOffice.org, it remains to be seen about its future. Oracle's ambivalent attitude towards most of it's Open Source and/or Sun acquisitions -- OpenSolaris, Java, Mysql, OpenOffice.org -- has not won any points in the OSS developer world.
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I've moved over to LibreOffice, and won't be changing back.
     
  5. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    Interesting stuff. I've used OpenOffice a fair bit over the years but haven't had a chance to play around with LibreOffice.

    This is sparking some personal interest.
     
  6. LauRoman

    LauRoman TS Rookie

    You won't have a choice, if they merge the two projects again, the way that khtml was forked from WebKit but merged back in sometime down the road. I'm not saying that will actually happen, butthere is a small chance of it.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    good. I was a little peeved after the split. I hope it re-integrates again.
     
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Nope, not in that scenario, but I disagree with some of the issues created by Oracle, and the way it almost held it back in many instances.

    I can't help but feel that OO would be considerably better if it had been removed from its shackles a long time ago - I guess if they merge back (I'd be surprised if some people do given the way they were treated and forced to side between camps) we'll never find out.
     

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