Sure Enough, the OpenOffice Community Is Seeking Independence from Oracle

In the wake of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google involving its handling of aspects of Java, we already asked the logical question: “Is OpenOffice Next in Oracle’s Proprietary Plan?” As we noted in that post, after the Java brouhaha and Oracle’s still fairly recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems–long the steward of OpenOffice–“the OpenOffice suite of open source productivity applications is the next software asset that Oracle oversees to worry about.” Sure enough, OpenOffice.org has branched off from Oracle with a new foundation. This is a good move, and evidence of how open source software assets can be flexible enough to defy the most rigid proprietary plans.

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