LibreOffice has started finding users in governments. The Valencia region Government have completed their switch to LibreOffice. Such applications also enables us to switch to an open standard and free our content from vendor-lockins and patents. [Continue]
The Document Foundation, which forked away from OpenOffice, and looks after LibreOffice development is officially incorporated in Berlin, Germany. The legal form of the entity – rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts – means that it is an independent foundation that is supported by state authorities. As a LibreOffice user I am happy to see a vendor-neutral organization committed towards development of LibreOffice. [Continue]
The Hungarian Government is asking its public administration to move to open document standards (via The H). It is also asking its schools to move to open source office suites. While it is not explicitly specified this combination hints use of ODF and OpenOffice or LibreOffice. [Continue]
Finally! The Indian ITR Form 1 is now available in Open/LibreOffice format. Although this is not the end, this is a good start. [Continue]
Ian Skerrett defends OpenOffice incubating under Apache (via Sam Ruby). Just as The Document Foundation had the freedom to start Libreoffice by forking OpenOffice, because they found it difficult to work with Oracle, Oracle had the freedom to donate the OpenOffice code to Apache instead of The Document Foundation. Open source gives this freedom to them. [Continue]
Oracle has donated OpenOffice code to Apache. LibreOffice has shown some interest in working towards uniting the two projects. I hope it does happen.
Oracle seems to have given up its control over OpenOffice. LibreOffice has been going strong since it was forked and The Document Foundation seems to have a better governance model. OpenOffice merging into LibreOffice will be the best thing to come out of Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems.
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. [Continue]