Gulls figure prominently in the logo of OpenOffice.org. Gulls just want to be free. So do developers. Rather than being forced to assign copyright to the tyrannical Oracle/Larry, they have decided to migrate to the more open organization, DocumentFoundation/LibreOffice. It’s probably too late to see the effect of this on Debian Squeeze GNU/Linux which likely will be released in December but in a few months distros will start to distribute LibreOffice.
33 developers have made the move. I did not think there were that many… So, it’s a major dent in Oracle’s plan for world domination and a good shot in the arm for LibreOffice. With that many developers and the openness of LibreOffice, LibreOffice should soon be a more vibrant project. I look forward to some long-standing issues to be resolved like SVG etc.
Birds are best left free.