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The Oxymoron of Corporate Controlled "Community" Projects

Sep 28, 2010, 18:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"This morning brought the significant - and decade overdue – announcement of the launch of an independent foundation to host development of the open source, ODF-compliant OpenOffice productivity suite. The good news of that lost decade is that under Sun's ownership and control, the OpenOffice suite became the most successful and widely implemented alternative to Microsoft's Office, providing at least some degree of competition in a product niche where it had been missing for far too long.

"The bad news is that in the same time period the OpenOffice suite could have become so much more. As with other single-company controlled efforts in the past (e.g., the Eclipse Foundation, before IBM spun it out into an independent organization), other companies that could have, and would have, made significant contributions of personnel, funding and promotion stood aside."

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