December 21, 2011, 2:17 PM — There's been much uncertainty surrounding OpenOffice.org ever since Oracle decided back in June to donate the open source office productivity project to the Apache Software Foundation.
Given that the Document Foundation's LibreOffice fork of the software has been thriving on its own in the meantime, it has been far from clear whether there's enough sustainable interest to keep both projects going.
Following a plea for funding help from some of its German developers back in October, however, it looks like OpenOffice.org is still alive and kicking, and the Apache Software Foundation on Tuesday announced its plans and ideas for the software.
'A Collaboration Opportunity'
"Apache OpenOffice (Incubating) is progressing well as a podling in the Apache Incubator with a rapidly growing community and project infrastructure," begins the foundation's open letter to the Open Document Format (ODF) community.
Given the large size of the global ODF ecosystem, however, "it is impossible to agree upon a single vision for all participants," the group explained. As a result, Apache OpenOffice has no intention of trying to define a single vision for the software, or of trying to be the only player, it says.
Because of Apache's license and open development model, the group's OpenOffice project offers much greater potential for the software than to be simply a Microsoft Office alternative, it adds. Instead, "we offer a vendor neutral space in which to collaborate whilst enabling third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model."
Targeting a Q1 2012 Release