Well, that’s not a direct quote… but Oracle is letting OpenOffice.org have more freedom as a community-driven project. They should have done that ages ago. They certainly learned from the spurt of activity over at LibreOffice.org since large numbers of developers split from OpenOffice.org and tons more piled on an in a couple of releases pulled far ahead of OpenOffice.org.
You can read Oracle’s words on Screven’s Blog.
“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect. “We intend to begin working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office. Oracle will continue to strongly support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as the Open Document Format (ODF).”
The tone of the last paragraph sounds like they may be washing their hands of a product that did not flood them with money…
“We will continue to make large investments in open source technologies that are strategic to our customers including Linux and MySQL. Oracle is focused on Linux and MySQL because both of these products have won broad based adoption among commercial and government customers.”
I haven’t read whether this will allow the two communities to merge but it seems likely, assuming not too much blood has been spilled. I have been very impressed by LibreOffice. My SVG works at last!