May 10, 2012, 7:31 AM — It used to be that OpenOffice.org was the leading open source alternative to proprietary productivity suites like Microsoft Office, and it was included in pretty much all the major Linux distributions.
Then Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and OpenOffice fell onto hard times.
That, in turn, is what spawned the creation of LibreOffice; and I think it's fair to say that most users haven't looked back since.
'A Daunting Task'
This week, the picture got even more complicated when Apache OpenOffice announced a long-awaited update.
"With the donation of OpenOffice.org to the ASF, the foundation, and especially the podling project, was given a daunting task: re-energize a community and transform OpenOffice from a codebase of unknown intellectual property heritage, to a vetted and Apache-licensed software suite," said Jim Jagielski, ASF president and an Apache OpenOffice project mentor, in the official announcement.