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I am using OpenOffice from 13+ years, before it was an open source suite and before it was acquired by Sun Microsystems (1999). At that time, StarOffice was the only cross platform productivity suite running on Windows, Linux and Solaris.
After Oracle abandoned the suite – and many other solutions in Sun Microsystems’ portfolio – the situation around Open Office is not easy to follow, let’s try to recap.
- A group of original developers from Sun, sponsored by Canonical, Novell, RedHat amongst others, forked OpenOffice and created LibreOffice.
- Oracle donated the original Open Office code base to the Apache Community, now published under an Apache v2 license
- Several large software editors have created derivative based on the OpenOffice code base, one of them being IBM’s Lotus Symphony (freely available)
Now that OpenOffice code base is not controlled by Oracle anymore, IBM decided to contribute its enhancement to the Apache OpenOffice project. This is important news for all OpenOffice users. This means that all improvements and changes made by IBM for Lotus Symphony will be made available for all in OpenOffice.
We are all looking forward the first release combining Apache OpenOffice and Lotus Symphony.
In the mean time, IBM released an iOS viewer application. It allows you to view Open Document Format (ODF) text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets downloaded to your phone or tablet without the need for any network connection.
IBM OpenDocument Viewer for iOS is freely available on the Apple App Store.