Lotus Symphony Code for OpenOffice?

IBM Donate Lotus Symphony Source Code to Apache

Jessica Thornsby

IBM have announced they will donate OpenOffice-based Lotus Symphony code to Apache.

IBM have announced they will donate the IBM Lotus Symphony source code
consisting of 3 million lines of code – to Apache. IBM Lotus
Symphony is an office productivity suite, based on OpenOffice. The
source code could now be folded into the OpenOffice project and,
according to the announcement at the office productivity software’s
website, IBM donated the Lotus Symphony source code with the
intention of providing the OpenOffice project with new
capabilities, to further accelerate the development of the
OpenOffice platform. The source code will reportedly include
functionality for ensuring data is easier to view, read and
manipulate from “any type of editing tool,” and for those with
vision impairments.

proposed contributing the OpenOffice.org code
to the Apache
Software Foundation’s Incubator last month. Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice
President at IBM Collaboration Solutions, was enthusiastic about
the move:

“IBM welcomes Oracle’s contribution of OpenOffice software to
the Apache Software Foundation. We look forward to engaging with
other community members to advance the technology beginning with
our strong support of the incubation process for OpenOffice at

IBM will continue to work on Lotus Symphony, both internally and
in collaboration with the OpenOffice community. According to the
announcement, IBM are also in the process of expanding the Lotus
Symphony team.

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