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LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Posted Nov 10, 2012 16:24 UTC (Sat) by nybble41 (subscriber, #55106)
In reply to: LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic) by rcweir
Parent article: LibreOffice and OpenOffice clash over user numbers (OStatic)

Every fork has two branches, in this case Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Code continuity is the same for both projects, since they started from the same codebase, although LibreOffice has moved further ahead since the fork. Apache OpenOffice appears to have kept the website, trademarks and branding while LibreOffice has the user base and developers. I'll leave it to you to decide which of the two is more critical to the continuation of the project.

Sometimes branches die out after a fork. Other times they replace the "official" branch--consider X.org vs. XFree86.

As for "bear[ing] the complete cost of development", that's just a matter of network effects. It could easily go either way, depending on which branch get more participation, and right now the balance appear to be in favor of LibreOffice. There is also the fact that anything added to Apache OpenOffice can be merged into LibreOffice, but not vice-versa.


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