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"Novell is Not Forking OpenOffice"

Oct 08, 2007, 16:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that OpenOffice.org, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting. Slashdot reported last week that Novell is backing an official fork, while Ars Technica suggested that if what was happening fell short of a fork, then it was still "serious fragmentation" and "not a good thing for the OpenOffice.org community." However, a closer look at the situation shows that what is happening is less of a dramatic split than the airing of long-time grievances and the media's discovery of a long-established institution.

"The alarm first arose when developer Michael Meeks made a series of blog posts about how Sun Microsystem's control of OpenOffice.org is supposedly stifling the development of a community around the project..."

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