Oracle orphans OpenOffice offering

Oracle will no longer be offering the paid-for version of Oracle OpenOffice and the development of the open-source version at OpenOffice.org will be a purely community-driven project, the company has said.

Oracle will no longer be offering the paid-for version of Oracle OpenOffice and the development of the open-source version at OpenOffice.org will be a purely community-driven project, the company has said.

Oracle announced the plans to hand development of the software to a community-based process on Friday.

"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," Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect, said in a statement.

Oracle said it will continue to support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as Open Document Format (ODF).

It also said it would continue to "make large investments" in other open source products, such as MySQL and Linux.

"Oracle is focused on Linux and MySQL because both of these products have won broad based adoption among commercial and government customers," the company said.

In September 2010, a fork of OpenOffice — called LibreOffice — was formed by a newly created group called The Document Foundation.

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