Oracle calls it a day with OpenOffice

Described as the ‘least bad option’, Oracle has handed OpenOffice over to Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

The move means Oracle has ended its involvement in the open source community – a liaison that began in January 2010 with the purchase of Sun Microsystems. Some developers jumped ship soon after in protest over Oracle’s supposed lack of commitment to the open source community, creating the Document Foundation and Libre Office project.

Charles Schulz, a founding member of the Document Foundation, was disappointed and described it as a ‘missed opportunity’ for Oracle to close the loop with the break away developers.

However, David Bradshaw, an IDC analyst, believes Oracle made the best of an awkward situation.

“If Oracle had shut OpenOffice down completely, it would have raised a stink,” he said. “And Oracle could not have given the suite to LibreOffice because it is at cross swords with the community.”

Both Schulz and Bradshaw do agree that the ASF does not have enough resources and developers to invest significantly in OpenOffice. However, the ASF has invited the Document Foundation to talks on how the suite will progress – a move that was welcomed by Schulz.

Schulz said he wanted the two companies to work closely to continue the production of a successful office suite.

Oracle may not have ‘returned’ OpenOffice to those that left in protest, instead, the Document Foundation has a new work colleague – one they appear happy with.

Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.