Libre Office Productivity Suite Builds on OpenOffice.org
The Document Foundation Forks OpenOffice.org
A new independent foundation - "The Document Foundation" - has been launched, led by members of the OpenOffice.org community, including project leads and members of the Community Council.
The Foundation aims to evolve the OpenOffice.org community into a new organisational structure, with an emphasis on openness and independence. It will also coordinate the development of the Libre Office productivity suite. Libre Office is free software – it can be downloaded, used and distributed for free.
Contributor Sophie Gautier said of the project: "we believe that the Foundation is a key step for the evolution of the free office suite, as it liberates the development of the code and the evolution of the project from the constraints represented by the commercial interests of a single company.
A beta version is available now, for those who wish to get a taster of the Libre Office experience. The Foundation are currently encouraging the community to get involved in contributing and testing the project.
The Document Foundation will initially be led by a Steering committee of developers and national language project managers. Charles Schulz, a member of the Community Council and lead of the Native Language Confederation stated that the Document Foundation supports the Open Document Format, and wishes to work at OASIS to the next evolution of the ISO standard.
The Document Foundation's announcement comes after a period of uncertainty in the Openoffice.org community. In August, Brian Proffitt posted a blog asking whether it was time to put together an OpenOffice foundation, in light of the revelations that Oracle is discontinuing OpenSolaris, and suing Google over the Android OS – in case a similarly dark fate was in store for OpenOffice.org.
The Document Foundation are currently encouraging the community to get involved in the project.