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Michael Meeks talks about LibreOffice and the Document Foundation

Oct 12, 2010, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"A group of OpenOffice.org developers has announced the creation of an independent foundation - called the Document Foundation - to guide the further development of the office suite, which is provisionally named LibreOffice. At the heart of this effort is longtime OpenOffice.org developer Michael Meeks. We had the good fortune to discuss the LibreOffice effort with Michael; read on for his comments on this new initiative

"LWN: Probably the first question that will come to mind for most of our readers is "Why?" — why fork OpenOffice.org? And why now?

"Well, it has been ten years since a foundation was promised as part of the original OpenOffice.org announcement, and there is now a confluence of circumstances to realise that goal. We want a vendor neutral body that lots of companies and non-profits can contribute to as peers. That foundation is called the Document Foundation, and for trademark reasons our product will be called LibreOffice.

"LWN: What do you see as the advantages of LibreOffice for OpenOffice.org users? developers? distributions?"

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