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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 06:59 PM

OpenOffice, after years of neglect, could shut down
As LibreOffice soars, OpenOffice management considers retiring the project.

Jon Brodkin - Sep 2, 2016 4:53 pm UTC

OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there aren't enough developers to update the office suite. Project leaders are particularly worried about their ability to fix security problems. An e-mail thread titled, "What would OpenOffice retirement involve?" was started yesterday by Dennis Hamilton, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, a volunteer position that reports to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) board.

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 03:45 PM

See also please:

 

Microsoft Office rival OpenOffice could be squeezed out of the market due to lack of volunteers

By Mark Wilson
Published 2016-09-04

Not everyone is in a position to pay for their office software and this led to a market for free Microsoft Office competitors. One of the best known and most popular is OpenOffice, but the open source project is in trouble. Volunteer vice president Dennis E. Hamilton has warned that retirement of the project "is a serious possibility". The problem is a combination of a lack of volunteers willingness to work on the project, and the increasing popularity of LibreOffice. The lack of developers means that important security updates are at risk.

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 05:17 PM

The writing was on the wall years ago when the bulk of OOo developers left to form The Document Foundation - LibreOffice which has had active and progressive development all along.