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Despite the growing momentum of the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is urging the community of volunteer developers to rally around the OpenOffice code base as the canonical version of the open source software suite.
The OpenOffice project is now officially an Apache Podling, which is the first step in becoming a full-fledged Apache project, the organization announced Friday. In June, Oracle submitted the OpenOffice.org code base to Apache as a possible project.
"There is ample room for multiple solutions in the marketplace," a statement from the ASF read, while adding that "the way to move this forward is via the ASF, which owns the OpenOffice.org trademark and official code base. This is our chance to be able to pull together our talents towards a cohesive goal and protect the project's ecosystem."
Apache made the announcement on the week of the Document Foundation's LibreOffice conference, taking place this week in Paris.