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05 October 2010, 15:35

Oracle wishes LibreOffice the best, but won't directly cooperate

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Oracle has said that it will not be working directly with The Document Foundation and its LibreOffice fork of the office suite. In an email to ComputerWorld's Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols from Oracle's public relations office the company said that it believes that is the most advanced and feature rich implementation and encourages the OpenOffice community to contribute directly to it.

Oracle said that the ability for anyone to fork the code was "the beauty of open source" and added that if the Document Foundation "will help advance OpenOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF), we wish them the best". Oracle's non-participation with the Document Foundation will mean that the OpenOffice brand remains with Oracle's version of the office suite. It also looks inevitable that LibreOffice will start to differentiate itself from Oracle's as development work begins in earnest.

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