Oracle has announced its intention of moving OpenOffice.org to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version of Open Office.
This statement from the company has roused global concern about the future of the open source-based personal productivity suite as well as questions around support and maintenance for the installed base.
In making the announcement, Oracle’s chief corporate architect Edward Screven says: “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 organisation focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis.
“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)."
Reports from around the world are also questioning the Oracle’s commitment to its cloud initiative, with some blogs noting that pages relating to the proprietary Oracle Cloud Office suite have been removed from the company’s web site.