"We believe that the foundation is a key step for the evolution of the free office suite, as it liberates the development of the code and the evolution of the project from the constraints represented by the commercial interests of a single company," explained Sophie Gautier, a veteran community member and the former maintainer of the French language project.
"Free software advocates around the world have the extraordinary opportunity of joining the group of founding members today, to write a completely new chapter in the history of FLOSS," Gautier added.
The Beauty of Open Source
It will certainly be very interesting to see how Oracle responds. Thanks to the beauty of open source, however, it doesn't really matter in the long run.
Sure, it would be nice to have the company on board, and to be able to keep the OpenOffice.org name. If not, though, life will go on--and so will the project.
This is how things work in the world of open source, and it's why both business and individual users of the software can rest assured. No matter what any one company might decide to do, OpenOffice.org--or LibreOffice--is now in good, independent hands.
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