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FOSS community petitions Oracle to release Openoffice.org assets

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On April 15th, 2011, Oracle announced that OpenOffice.org, its free-license office suite, would become a community project. Since then, Oracle employees working on OpenOffice.org are in the process of being laid off, code contributions have stopped, and several mailing lists and their archives have ceased to be available. Effectively, after ten years of development, the OpenOffice.org project is dead.

This situation is a major setback for free and open source software (FOSS). It means a loss of expertise and resources that will become increasingly difficult to reverse as time goes by, and weakens the efforts of the community to provide an alternative to the monopoly of Microsoft Office.

The Needed Solution

Under these circumstances, both FOSS and Oracle alike can only benefit if Oracle completes the process it has already began and assigns all code: relicensing under the following license: LGPL v3 + and MPL as well as arrangements for free un restrictive uses by the community of copyrights , logos, trademarks, URLs, online resources, and other material concerning OpenOffice.org to a community foundation.

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Also: SJVN's article has been updated.

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