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The community of volunteers who develop and promote OpenOffice.org have today announced a major change to the popular projects structure.
According to the foundations first official press release “After ten years’ successful growth with Sun Microsystems as founding and principle sponsor, the project launches an independent foundation called The Document Foundation, to fulfil the promise of independence written in the original charter.
“The Foundation will be the cornerstone of a new ecosystem where individuals and organisations can contribute to and benefit from the availability of a truly free office suite. It will generate increased competition and choice for the benefit of customers and drive innovation in the office suite market. From now on, the OpenOffice.org community will be known as The Document Foundation”.
Having acquired OpenOffice.org assets as a result of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle has been officially invited to become a member of the foundation, and to donate the brand. Until a decision is reached, The Document Foundation has opted to brand the package ‘LibreOffice’ going forward.
Currently available for download in beta form on the place-holder site www.Libreoffice.org, the Foundation will oversee LibreOffice’s development and developers are at this time invited to join and contribute code in what the Foundation is calling ‘a new friendly and open environment, designed to shape the future of office productivity’.
“I’m very pleased that the Document Foundation will not recommend nonfree add-ons, since they are the main freedom problem of the current OpenOffice.org. I hope that the LibreOffice developers and the Oracle-employed developers of OpenOffice will be able to cooperate on development of the body of the code”, says FSF President Richard Stallman.
Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager at Google, Inc., also commented on the news: “The creation of The Document Foundation is a great step forward in encouraging further development of open source office suites. Having a level playing field for all contributors is fundamental in creating a broad and active community around an open source software project. Google is proud to be a supporter of The Document Foundation and participate in the project”.
You can find more details from this exciting announcement on The Document Foundation page here.
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