Oracle has proposed contributing the OpenOffice.org code to the Apache Software Foundation's (ASF's) incubator program. So far, there is no announcement per se
from Oracle, but there is a collection of statements
from people associated with Oracle, Apache, and, perhaps not surprisingly, IBM, including "'With today's proposal to contribute the OpenOffice.org code to The Apache Software Foundation's Incubator, Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to the developer and open source communities. Donating OpenOffice.org to Apache gives this popular consumer software a mature, open, and well established infrastructure to continue well into the future. The Apache Software Foundation's model makes it possible for commercial and individual volunteer contributors to collaborate on open source product development.' -- Luke Kowalski, vice president, Oracle Corporate Architecture Group.
As might also be expected, The Document Foundation (which is behind the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice.org) is a bit disappointed with the move: "The Document Foundation would welcome the reuniting of the OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice projects into a single community of equals in the wake of the departure of Oracle. The step Oracle has taken today was no doubt taken in good faith, but does not appear to directly achieve this goal. The Apache community, which we respect enormously, has very different expectations and norms — licensing, membership and more — to the existing OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice projects. We regret the missed opportunity but are committed to working with all active community members to devise the best possible future for LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org."
In addition, IBM's ODF architect Rob Weir has issued a call for contributors to the ASF project if it gets accepted: "At Apache, you can't just walk in off the street, drop some code and call yourself an Apache project. There is a multi-step process for initiating, reviewing and approving a new project. We're at the first step, with the proposal submission, which Oracle made earlier today. This proposal will now be reviewed and voted on by the Apache Incubator Project Management Committee (PMC) over the next few days. If approved, the project then advances into incubation as a "Podling". Incubation at Apache is a probationary stage, where the project recruits new members, reviews the code to establish IP provenance, adapts the project to the Apache infrastructure, and so on."
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