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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."

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