This week at LWN: Oracle donates to Apache

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 16, 2011 2:26 PM EDT; By Jake Edge
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The news that Oracle was proposing to donate the (OOo) code to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) came as a surprise to many, though it probably shouldn't have. Many optimistically hoped that Oracle's plan to turn OOo over to an "organization focused on serving that broad constituency [the OOo community] on a non-commercial basis" meant that it would turn to The Document Foundation (TDF), which forked OOo into LibreOffice (LO) in September 2010, as the obvious repository for the code. But, for a number of reasons, that was probably never a very likely outcome; some discussions evidently took place between Oracle and the TDF, but there seems to be enough bad blood—along with licensing differences—that another home for OOo was sought.

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