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On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 06:12, Joe Collura <> wrote:

hmm,  maybe i am reading into this too much but steering seemed like the
place to post this.

i didnt see anything on the main pressrelease page
but in the Trond Arne Undheim blog (
there is a post of 15 April 2011 appears to report an exerpt from an oracle

the marketwire link shows as:

 REDWOOD SHORES, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2011) - **Oracle Corporation
(NASDAQ: ORCL <>) today
is announcing its intention to move <>
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 <>
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 has a long history of investing in the development and support of
open source products. We will continue to make large investments in open
source technologies that are strategic to our customers including Linux and
MySQL. Oracle is focused on Linux and MySQL because both of these products
have won broad based adoption among commercial and government customers.

fingers crossed on availability of name and birdy logo?

If Oracle has now a change of heart, I don't think the Document Foundation
should take the name. LibreOffice has now a better reputation than
OpenOffice. It would be ridiculous and very confusing for many if suddently
LibreOffice takes the name OpenOffice. The name OpenOffice is already
connected to Oracle and their bad reputation of doing a lot of mistakes with
OpenSource projects.

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