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Sun.com: OpenOffice [Sun's Official StarOffice Announcement]

Jul 19, 2000, 19:40 (5 Talkback[s])

"In one of the largest actions of its kind, Sun is working with the leaders of the free software and open source community to make the source code for its StarOffice software suite freely available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). In addition, Sun will commit the efforts of its development team, as well as the resources of a $14 billion global company, to work side by side with members of the community to continue to develop the code at OpenOffice.org, a site hosted and managed by Collab.Net."

"This news is already being heralded by some of the most notable members of the open source community, including Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly & Associates), Miguel de Icaza (HelixCode), Brian Behlendorf (Collab.net), and Andy Hertzfeld (Eazel), as well as many of the world's leading Linux vendors."

"OpenOffice.org and the OpenOffice.org Foundation will host the source code (in CVS) and maintain the reference implementation of the software, APIs and file formats. Development will take place in the open, with all contributors working from the same source. According to the principles of open source software and the GPL, improvements to the software are contributed back to the project, making them available to all."

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