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14 October 2010, 11:23

Oracle continues to support OpenOffice

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OpenOffice Logo With its presence at the ODF Plugfest in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of October, Oracle wants to emphasise its involvement in OpenOffice. Oracle has said that it views ODF as critical to providing with a complete, open and modern document format, empowering interoperability and choice on the desktop. Oracle pointed out that it continues to support OpenOffice with a growing team of developers, QA engineers and user experience personnel who will continue developing, improving and supporting as open source.

Oracle said that the current versions of OpenOffice, 3.2.1 and 3.3 Beta, were developed as a collaboration between Oracle and the OpenOffice community. The company added that it also supports other open source technologies such as MySQL, GlassFish, Linux, PHP, Apache, Eclipse, Berkeley DB, NetBeans, VirtualBox, Xen and InnoDB and contributes to the communities that develop these projects.

About two weeks ago, large parts of the OpenOffice community acted on their growing frustration over Oracle's perceived lack of co-operation by disengaging from Oracle, launching the Document Foundation and starting the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice. Oracle, apparently taken by surprise, needed a week to decide against co-operating with the Document Foundation and against bringing together OpenOffice and LibreOffice under the foundations patronage. A few days ago, the makers of LibreOffice were able to report lively community participation.

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