Welcome The Document Foundation and LibreOffice

For those who haven’t heard: OpenOffice.org Community announces The Document Foundation

The community of volunteers developing and promoting OpenOffice.org sets up an independent Foundation to drive the further growth of the project

The Internet, September 28, 2010 – The community of volunteers who develop and promote OpenOffice.org, the leading free office software, announce a major change in the projectâs structure. After ten yearsâ successful growth with Sun Microsystems as founding and principle sponsor, the project launches an independent foundation called “The Document Foundation”, to fulfil the promise of independence written in the original charter.

The Foundation will be the cornerstone of a new ecosystem where individuals and organisations can contribute to and benefit from the availability of a truly free office suite. It will generate increased competition and choice for the benefit of customers and drive innovation in the office suite market. From now on, the OpenOffice.org community will be known as “The Document Foundation”.

Oracle, who acquired OpenOffice.org assets as a result of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, has been invited to become a member of the new Foundation, and donate the brand the community has grown during the past ten years. Pending this decision, the brand “LibreOffice” has been chosen for the software going forward.

The Document Foundation is the result of a collective effort by leading independent members of the OpenOffice.org community, including several project leads and key members of the Community Council. It will be led initially by a Steering Committee of developers and national language projects managers. The Foundation aims to lower the barrier of adoption for both users and developers, to make LibreOffice the most accessible office suite ever.

The Foundation will coordinate and oversee the development of LibreOffice, which is available in beta version at the placeholder site: http://www.libreoffice.org. Developers are invited to join the project and contribute to the code in the new friendly and open environment, to shape the future of office productivity suites alongside contributors who translate, test, document, support, and promote the software.

Speaking for the group of volunteers, Sophie Gautier – a veteran of the community and the former maintainer of the French speaking language project – has declared: “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. Free software advocates around the world have the extraordinary opportunity of joining the group of founding members today, to write a completely new chapter in the history of FLOSS”.

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So welcome The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. I already can see how does the community benefits from this due to the merge with go-oo:

Q: What does this announcement mean to other derivatives of OpenOffice.org?
A: We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit.

(from http://www.documentfoundation.org/faq/)

So, will Oracle contribute the OpenOffice.org trademark to the community ? Time will tell…

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12 responses to “Welcome The Document Foundation and LibreOffice

  1. Fabian

    > I hope to see you soon merge with go-oo to have the openoffice.org community focus its efforts to a single project.

    I can find at least Michael Meeks and Debian maintainer Rene Engelhard of go-oo fame on the foundation page:

  2. The issue with LibreOffice right now is it still uses the Java-using backend of OpenOffice.org. And if Oracle wants to attempt to kill it – and I’m sure they may well want to – it’ll be through this and the associated patents.

    • I believe using IcedTea instead of the Oracle Java could solve this issue.

      • Luke

        Or, better yet, rewrite the Java parts and eliminate the dependency altogether. For the typical user it doesn’t add much value, and it slows start-up time considerably.

      • scouser73

        Moving to IceTea would be a better solution as Lior Kaplan commented.

  3. Pingback: LibreOffice first steps « Free Software Universe

  4. I’ve been using the OO suite since I first bought a computer. It’s a great piece of software.
    When I heard the news that Oracle had bought Sun I wondered what OOs fate would be. I’ll be watching this blog with interest.

  5. hokieglenn

    I’m all for moving to IceTea from java. It would be a big improvement in my opinion and fix most of the problems.

  6. I dont know OO is a pretty great piece of software,trying to change it with its surging popularity might not be the best move.But it sounds promising.Got to checkout IceTea never heard of that before.

  7. david

    Hi, is there a location yet for community work on Hebrew localization for LibreOffice? Like a mailing list or (better yet) a page on the wiki like some other languages have have made:

    http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/DE

    Hebrew should also probably be listed at this page as are other localized languages:

    http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Local_Mailing_Lists

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