Very interesting. Quote from article:
"Although LibreOffice provided an alternative, it's sorely lacking in the
kind of brand recognition held by OpenOffice, while as a fork it was within
Oracle's power to accept changes in LibreOffice back in the main code base."
I was under the impression that Oracle's demand for contributors to assign
their copyright meant that they could not accept LO code unless such
assignment was given?
As much as Ellison hates Microsoft, you have to wonder how easy it was for
him to give up OpenOffice. It was a cheap way for Oracle to hurt their rival
by forcing them to keep down prices to retain their near-monopoly.
One can speculate now what will happen to the in-house OO development team
at Oracle. I guess they will be offered new assignments within the company.
Another quote: "It's not clear, meanwhile, whether the Document Foundation
has a future when OpenOffice is back in the open." TDF can be the champion
of open document formats, fighting for a level playing ground, exploring
legal challenges to Microsoft Office's abuse of its market-dominant position
(IMHO, I am not a lawyer), spreading the message of document freedom,
educating the public, providing expertise. Plenty of work there to last a
Assuming that LibreOffice is the heir apparent to OpenOffice, who will step
in as the heavyweight patron to replace Oracle -- IBM?
Lots more questions. Although this forum is frequented by many "big names"
who could speak from an insider's perspective, I don't expect many answers
at this point. It could be risky for them to reveal much while the situation
is in flux. At the same time there are hundreds of thousands of users who
are probably quite anxious to find out what's in the cards for their
preferred office software.
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