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Apache vows to develop, protect OpenOffice


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Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:51 PM

The Apache Software Foundation issued a statement today officially naming the open source project Apache OpenOffice.org and emphasizing to naysayers that it will continue to develop the open source office suite and prevent fragmentation.


Full article here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/apache-vows-to-develop-protect-openoffice/9752

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:47 PM

Can we say confusing and dilution of knowledge and resources? So we have Oracle and their ownership of OpenOffice. We have the splinter group LibreOffice. And now Apache joining forces with somebody I'm not clear on and yet another OpenOffice. Looks like they are making it easy and dividing on their own. MS doesn't need to do that themselves to conquer.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:21 PM

And now Apache joining forces with somebody I'm not clear on and yet another OpenOffice.

Actually...

Oracle donated OpenOffice to the ASF in June.


When the OpenOffice folks split, most went to LibreOffice (which I support, btw), and Oracle was left high-and-dry, so to speak...so they just shoved it off on somebody else (Apache, unfortunately).

OpenOffice should have just died right there, if you ask me. I think Apache is making a mistake trying to keep it alive.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:44 PM

Thanks for the clarification. Still seems a waste like you said.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 06:21 PM

I'll probably be sticking with LibreOffice. ASF is a great group with lots of smart people, and I have no doubt that they'll do better than Oracle at curating OpenOffice, but the vast majority of experienced OpenOffice devs joined LibreOffice, so I tend to think LibreOffice will be the more complete suite. Perhaps ASF and The Document Foundation can collaborate on a single product?

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

:)

Perhaps ASF and The Document Foundation can collaborate on a single product?

It's doubtful.
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