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Oracle Contribute OpenOffice.org to Community

OpenOffice.org to Become Open Source Community Project

Jessica Thornsby

Oracle to discontinue commercial version of OpenOffice.

Oracle have announced they will move OpenOffice.org to a community-based open source project, and will no longer be offering a commercial version of Open Office.

“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect.

What this means for the future of Libre Office, the community-driven productivity suite created by the Document Foundation, remains unknown. The Libre Office project was created after a period of uncertainty in the Openoffice.org community, with some bloggers questioning Oracle’s plans for OpenOffice following Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, and their discontinuation of OpenSolaris.

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