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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


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