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Stay away from OpenOffice.org until Oracle shows commitment, analyst says

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A European IT consulting firm is warning large enterprises and government entities not to deploy OpenOffice.org until Oracle Corp. shows proof that it will invest as heavily in the development of open-source productivity suite as project champion Sun Microsystems Inc. did.

According to a 12-page report published earlier this week by Amsterdam-based Software Improvement Group, the main risk is that OpenOffice.org's code may get buggier if Oracle, after it finalizes its acquisition of Sun, pulls personnel and resources from OpenOffice.org.

Though spun out to the open-source community in 2000 by Sun, OpenOffice.org's development and marketing still relies heavily on paid Sun employees, such as OpenOffice.org community manager (and overall boss), Louis Saurez-Potts.

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