Tech giant to hand over code to the open community.
Oracle yesterday announced it will be dropping the OpenOffice application suite from its commercial offering, and handing the code to the open source community.
The moves comes after a tiff between Oracle and the developers of the software, which prompted them to quit and setup their own company called The Document Foundation. It offers its own office suite called LibreOffice, based on the same code as OpenOffice.
“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications, and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organisation focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s chief corporate architect.
“We intend to begin working immediately with community members to further the continued success of OpenOffice. Oracle will continue to strongly support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as the Open Document Format [ODF].”
LibreOffice is, of course, freely available and currently stands at v3.3.2. It packs in six applications: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Base and Math editors. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.