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OpenOffice.org claims independence from Oracle

Jenny Williams

Open source volunteers have claimed independence for the free office software, OpenOffice.org, from Oracle's Sun Microsystems after 10 years.

Volunteers supporting OpenOffice.org have launched "The Document Foundation" in a move they say establishes independence, giving the software a new provisional brand, LibreOffice, which is available in beta version.

"The Foundation will be the cornerstone of a new ecosystem where individuals and organisations can contribute to and benefit from the availability of a truly free office suite. It will generate increased competition and choice for the benefit of customers and drive innovation in the office suite market. From now on, the OpenOffice.org community will be known as 'The Document Foundation'," said Sophie Gautier (pictured), spokesperson for the initiative.

Sun Microsystems launched the OpenOffice.org project in 1990 with the aim of creating a community-based, international office suite, able to run on all major platforms and access all functionality and data using open application programming interfaces and XML.

Chris DiBona, open source programs manager at Google, said in a statement: "The creation of The Document Foundation is a great step forward in encouraging further development of open source office suites. Having a level playing field for all contributors is fundamental in creating a broad and active community around an open source software project."

Oracle acquired OpenOffice.org as a result of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.


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