Oracle Re-Affirm Commitment to OpenOffice.org As New Foundation Publishes Manifesto

Next Decade for OpenOffice?

Jessica Thornsby
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Oracle participate in ODF Plugfest and announce new OpenOffice.org versions, as Open Document Foundation publishes their manifesto.

Last week, Oracle posted a press release that trumpeted the company’s “commitment
to the OpenOffice.org community” – whilst taking care to ignore the
recently-launched Open Document Foundation and its LibreOffice
fork.

The press release listed Oracle’s recent demonstrations of
commitment to OpenOffice.org: it participated in the ODF Plugfest
in Berlin; and announced OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 and OpenOffice.org
3.3 Beta. However, the press release failed to mention where Oracle
stand on the Open Documentation Foundation, which aims to evolve
the OpenOffice.org community along a more open and independent
line, by introducing a new organisational structure. Google, Red
Hat, Canonical and Novel have all announced their support for the
project.

Undeterred by Oracle’s failure to acknowledge them, the Open
Document Foundation have published their ‘Next Decade Manifesto,’ which throws additional light
onto what we can expect from the Foundation. The document promises
a peer-reviewed, transparent development process and support for
additional languages; and has some strong words to say about
“monopoly suppliers” who they feel impose “a defacto tax on global
electronic free speech and penalises the economically
disadvantaged.”

The Foundation will take the form of a not-for-profit
organisation, and membership will be open to all – assuming the
individuals agree with the Foundation’s core values and are willing
to contribute to its activities. After a leaked memo revealed that
Oracle were discontinuing OpenSolaris, some members of the
community questioned if a similar fate lay ahead for
OpenOffice.org, and called for the creation of a foundation. It
seems, in the Open Document Foundation, they may have got their
wish.

A beta version of LibreOffice is out now.

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