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LPC: Michael Meeks on LibreOffice and code ownership

Nov 30, 2010, 11:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

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"Back when the 2010 Linux Plumbers Conference was looking for presentations, the LibreOffice project had not yet announced its existence. So Michael Meeks put in a vague proposal for a talk having to do with OpenOffice.org and promised the organizers it would be worth their time. Fortunately, they believed him; in an energetic closing keynote, Michael talked at length about what is going on with LibreOffice - and with the free software development community as a whole. According to Michael, both good and bad things are afoot. (Michael's slides [PDF] are available for those who would like to follow along).

"Naturally enough, LibreOffice is one of the good things; it's going to be "awesome." It seems that there are some widely diverging views on the awesomeness of OpenOffice.org; those who are based near Hamburg (where StarDivision was based) think it is a wonderful tool. People in the rest of the world tend to have a rather less enthusiastic view. The purpose of the new LibreOffice project is to produce a system that we can all be proud of."

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