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Apache forges ahead with OpenOffice.org suite

Dec 21, 2011, 19:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Built for testing and debugging, version 3.4 is not intended to be a feature release but is geared to comply with Apache IP clearance policies. New end-user releases of OpenOffice.org eventually will follow. Improvements are eyed in areas such as digital signatures and metadata, with the suite adopting technologies from the OASIS ODF 1.2 specification. ODF is leveraged by OpenOffice.org.

"The "permissive" Apache License 2.0 reduces restrictions on use of Apache code and enables a diverse contributor and user base, Apache said. 'Our license and open development model is widely recognized as one of the best ways to ensure open standards, such as ODF, gain traction and adoption,' Apache said. OpenOffice.org code was donated to Apache by Oracle in June, but not before a forking of the project, LibreOffice, a result of uneasiness over Oracle's plans for the suite, acquired when Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2010."

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