33 Lead Developers Leave OpenOffice in Favor of LibreOffice
As announced in this letter, 33 lead developers of the OpenOffice project have decided to leave OpenOffice and instead support LibreOffice and the Document Foundation in the future.
As was previously reported on this site, Oracle is not willing to make the necessary changes to not only make this project benefit its own corporate goals, but also the community and the vast amount of contributions made by individuals and other entities that have been essential for the success of OpenOffice.
The letter says: "Oracle's official response to the announcement of The Document Foundation was clear – Oracle will continue OpenOffice.org as usual. The result is now indeed the lately postulated conflict of interest for those community members who are in charge of or representing project, but to whom it is not enough “to continue working as we always did”. "
Furthermore, the lead developers ask all the other community contributors to join:
"The answer for us who sign this letter is clear: We want a change to give the community as well as the software it develops the opportunity to evolve. For this reason, from now on we will support The Document Foundation and will – as a team - develop and promote LibreOffice. We hope that many are going to join us on this path."
As already previously mentioned, it turns out more and more that OpenOffice has no community anymore, but Oracle due to their lack of willingness to see the contributing community as a valid stakeholder, insist on full control of the project instead.
It seems obvious that this is just the beginning of the tsunami of support being shifted from OpenOffice to LibreOffice in the Open Source community, and hence hopefully this transition process will be done swiftly and completely as soon as possible. It is essential that we have LibreOffice as the alternative to the Microsoft Office suite and all forces should be put behind this project.