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OpenOffice Splits the Oracle Scene

When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems it got a lot of stuff it wanted and a few things that were less desirable. Turns out OpenOffice is one of the latter (I guess Ellison figures free software won't do much to finance a new yacht).

The OpenOffice volunteers have gone independent, starting what they call The Document Foundation. OpenOffice (which is actually called OpenOffice.org) will be renamed LibreOffice. 

That could all change if Oracle joins the new group and allows them to use the current name.

Do you use OpenOffice? Is this good news for the suite? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/29/2010 at 1:18 PM


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