OpenOffice.org's 10th Anniversary: The Difference a Decade Makes
Oct 15, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"October 13, 2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the
OpenOffice.org project. It's a significant landmark, both for me
personally and for free software in general.
"For me, OpenOffice.org was the wedge I used to find a niche in
computer journalism. In the early years of the millennium, few
people were writing about OpenOffice.org. Almost by accident, I
started comparing it with Microsoft Office, and writing How-Tos in
my spare time. Before I knew it, I was writing full-time. For a
while, I was worried that I would be too closely identified with
OpenOffice.org to sell stories on any other subject, but, with that
worry long behind me, today I can thank (or blame) OpenOffice.org
for what I am today.
"For the community at large, the importance of OpenOffice.org is
hard to over-estimate. Ten years ago, despite all the efforts to
market it, GNU/ Linux was a developers' operating system. KOffice
was in its infancy, and AbiWord a glorified text editor."