A look in on Apache OpenOffice
Posted Mar 17, 2012 13:43 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
Parent article: A look in on Apache OpenOffice
The elephant in the room is IMHO: "What does this huge exercise in replication bring us, OpenOffice.org users?" The answer is, by what I can read from this article: nothing at all.
Rewriting some code because some libraries are GPL is fine, but just furthers the goals of the Apache foundation. Inter-project hostility can be fun for developers, but again brings us nothing. New features and bug fixes are scarce and slow in the coming, which resembles too much the old OO.o development model. Lastly, graduation as an Apache project is fine for bureaucracy, but does no good for users.
Oracle may have got what they wanted: get rid of a cost center which was not bringing any sales. We Linux users will hopefully get our improved office suite shots from an independent provider, LibreOffice. The Apache foundation, I suppose, hopes to get broader exposure outside its current user base of developers -- anything they get in that area would be a gain for them. But I feel AOO it is a train wreck of xfree86 proportions.
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