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Open Office Suite Gets Forked

Sep 28, 2010, 20:32 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

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"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 Foundation (FSF).

"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."

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