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Novell’s Michael Meeks talks LibreOffice 3.3, TDF, & Oracle

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When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010, the company inherited a large portfolio of open source projects. While Oracle has made a distinct effort to push many of these projects either forward or backward, OpenOffice.org was largely left alone. While Oracle set about infuriating the Java community, and outright killing the OpenSolaris community, the one project in its open source stable that had withered and been left unloved for so many years was completely ignored.

Enter the Document Foundation. As an aspiring non-profit organisation, the Document Foundation has already spent six months helping to bring new contributors and new code to OpenOffice, which the Foundation has essentially forked and renamed LibreOffice. From making word count actually work, to repairing bugs that caused the number 1,000,000 to be ignored entirely in certain situations, those six months have already made a huge difference to the project.

On to our interview with Michael Meeks…




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