OpenOffice and LibreOffice Won't Be Kissing and Making Up
After last Friday's Oracle announcement that they were going to move OpenOffice.org to a community-based project everyone wondered what would be the result concerning The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. Would there be a reunification?
Today The Document Foundation published an announcement putting that speculation to rest. In a short but firm statement Charles-H. Schulz said that the foundation would be continuing on as planned. He further stated, "The Document Foundation is an independent self-governing meritocratic Foundation, created by leading members of the OpenOffice.org Community and we are always willing to include new members and partners."
Also included in the statement was the key points that The Document Foundation "continues to build on the foundation of ten years' dedicated work by the OpenOffice.org Community." It "was created in the belief that the culture born out of an independent Foundation brings the best in contributors and will deliver the best software for the marketplace."
So, there you have it. There will be no merger of the projects, but The Document Foundation would gladly accept any developers wishing to leave OpenOffice.org for LibreOffice.
In other news, LibreOffice 3.4 Beta 1 was released on April 15 with lots of bug fixes and a few new features. See the full changelog for details.