OpenOffice and LibreOffice to Reunite?

Oracle Propose Donating OpenOffice.org to Apache

Oracle have proposed contributing the OpenOffice.org code to the Apache Software Foundation's Incubator, with Jim Jagielski, president of the Apache Software Foundation, as the proposed mentor for the OpenOffice.org community during its time in the incubator.

"Donating OpenOffice.org to Apache gives this popular consumer software a mature, open, and well established infrastructure to continue well into the future," said Luke Kowalski, vice president of Oracle's Corporate Architecture Group. Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President at IBM Collaboration Solutions, is enthusiastic about Oracle's decision and OpenOffice's future under Apache:

"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 Apache."

This news comes after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and OpenOffice.org last year, which resulted in many of the leading OpenOffice.org contributors leaving Oracle and forming The Document Foundation. The Document Foundation became the home of the LibreOffice suite, which was based on the OpenOffice.org code. However, The Document Foundation have said that this move to Apache could be the catalyst for a reunion of the OpenOffice and LibreOffice projects into a "single community of equals," following Oracle's departure.

"We are committed to working with all active community members to devise the best possible future for LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org," writes Florian Effenberger of The Document Foundation. Furthermore, The Document Foundation see an opportunity to move the entire codebase to MPLv2 or future LGPL license versions, as the Apache License is compatible with both the LGPLv3+ and MPL licenses. Effenberger reveals that The Document Foundation have already been in touch with Apache Software Foundation President Jim Jagielski, who is reportedly "anticipating frequent contacts between the Apache Software Foundation and The Document Foundation over the next few months."

Jessica Thornsby

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