Oracle's OpenOffice Announcement translated to plain English

by Volker Weber

REDWOOD SHORES, CA, Apr 15, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Oracle Corporation ORCL +1.12% today is announcing its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.

We can't make any money off OpenOffice.

"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)."

We have no further interest in OpenOffice.

Oracle has a long history of investing in the development and support of open source products. 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.

OpenOffice hasn't.

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Comment by Doug Mahugh:

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Comments

@Doug: Great analogy!

But: No other comments on that? Will there be other parents for an adoptee OOo?
Daily work shows a better productivity due to a more generic way to work with OOo than with the top dog! Plus cost advantages! Plus multi-platform! Plus ...
Another time a talent dies because of uncaring parents?

What an uninspired world it is ... :-/

Jan Lauer, 2011-04-18 16:41

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