OpenOffice.org moving towards a purely community-based open source project

Oracle Corporation announced its intention to move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.

“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect. “We intend to begin working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office. Oracle will continue to strongly support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as the Open Document Format (ODF).”

Oracle invested a lot in development of open source software and it keeps supporting several products that are strategic to its customers. There is no sign that the trend will change any time soon.

This is not the first time something goes back to the community and it is a clear sign that the world really changed in the last 10 years.

Contributions of people all around the world helps to improve faster the quality of products and, with a right system to manage the whole thing, great results are around the corner for everyone.

Open office has already proven to be a great suite and it is growing every day: I’ve see it taking more and more space in the market in the past years, often thanks to its use in schools, and I expect it to take the lead soon.

Despite being around for 10 years, Open Office has to beat the quality of products with a longer and heavier permanence on the market but I guess the community, also used to these other products, will help to quickly fill the gap.

GO Open Office, GO!!!