"The OpenOffice.org suite of open source applications
is now at a fork in the road. One path follows Oracle, the current
owner of the OpenOffice.org trademarks and the leader of the
mainline of the application development. A new path starting today
is being split off by a community of developers organized under a
group called the Document Foundation.
"The Document Foundation is building its own branch of
OpenOffice.org, officially called LibreOffice. The new effort has
the backing of all major Linux distributions, including Red Hat,
Novell and Ubuntu, as well as the support of the Free Software
"While LibreOffice is a break from the Oracle-led project,
backers stressed that the new effort is not about pointing fingers
at Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), but rather about building a better open
source office suite."