OpenOffice Lives, More Involvement Needed

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Free office solution OpenOffice.org is still in the best of shape, based on reactions from project members to Novell developer Michael Meeks's recent pessimistic view. The Linux Foundation is one of many who are concerned. All want one thing: more.

Two weeks ago, OpenOffice.org collaborator Michael Meeks blogged a message of concern about the project, painting it in not so rosy terms. He cited numerous statistics to show that, in his opinion, the code has been poorly maintained, causing many developers to pull off the project from frustration. This prompted a reaction from Thorsten Ziehm, quality expert at Sun Microsystems for OpenOffice and its commercial variant StarOffice. In his "What was done in 2008" blog," Ziehm followed Meeks's example by showing supporting graphics and statistics, but this time to refute Meeks's claims. Whereas Meeks cites an increasing developer withdrawal from the project, Ziehm points to the "nearly 900 child work spaces" that were integrated. While Meeks is convinced of Sun's retreat, Ziehm cites a contrary opinion from Sun VP Jim Parkinson in his weblog from November 2008: "We are not about to walk away from OpenOffice.org."

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