Barney's Blog

Blog archive

OpenOffice Back on Track

There was plenty of teeth gnashing over the future of OpenOffice after Oracle bought Sun. Many open source fans openly wondered just how interested Larry Ellison was in distributing free software. How many yachts can you buy with those proceeds?

The skeptics were right. There was a bit of a breakdown, and Oracle's lack of support led OpenOffice developers to create a rival group called LibreOffice that is run by the Apache Software Foundation.

Oracle is still not fully involved, but now there is a détente between the two -- The Document Foundation and Libre will work together on common code.

I call this great news. What do you think? Proffer your opinions at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/13/2011 at 1:18 PM


Featured

  • Microsoft Adds 6 More Months to Expiring Certification Programs

    Microsoft has announced an extension to the end date of three certification programs slated for retirement.

  • Microsoft's Surface Pro X: It's Like the Surface RT, But Better

    There's a lot about the Surface Pro X that's reminiscent of the ill-fated Surface RT. But despite the similarities, this might just be one of the rare cases where the sequel is better than the original.

  • Q&A: The Challenges of Securing All Those Newly Remote Workers

    Security expert Dale Meredith identifies cybersecurity challenges, best practices and major concerns resulting from all the employees forced into home offices by COVID-19.

  • Astronaut Survival Training: A Crash Course in Sea Survival

    Lots of things can go wrong during a commercial spaceflight -- especially once your capsule leaves space. An unplanned ocean landing is just one of those worst-case scenarios.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.