OpenOffice is transforming into LibreOffice. The foundation aims at moving OpenOffice into the hands of an independent foundation instead of a business. This also works as a move to rescue software and the team after what Oracle did with software like Open Solaris and people like James Gosling.
OpenOffice has had its share of controversies, more around Sun’s control over it. The Document Foundation seems to start on a positive note with other OpenOffice forks, specially by acknowledging the Go-OO team and incorporating their enhancements.
I am an advocate of OpenOffice, because of its support for ODF and because it is open source. This step is significant and will stand for
- how a community reacts when a software lands in non-open source world
- whether change in structure and organization can improve an open source product
I hope LibreOffice rocks.