The Document Foundation marks the first anniversary of the day developers broke away from Oracle-controlled OpenOffice.org to launch the LibreOffice office productivity suite.
year after forking the OpenOffice.org project to create a community-driven
office productivity suite, The Document Foundation estimated that LibreOffice
has 25 million users worldwide.
Document Foundation and the LibreOffice
marked their first anniversary on
developers originally created LibreOffice to break the software away from
Oracle's control after it appeared that the database giant was not interested
in working with the open-source community. The Document Foundation was founded
to make the project truly vendor-neutral. Google was among the first companies
to support the new project.
responded to the split by forcing TDF members who were also participating on
the OpenOffice community council to step down. Despite not having Oracle
support, LibreOffice has thrived in the past year, with more than 25,000 code
"commits" submitted by 330 contributors. Code commits reflect major
changes to code, the addition of new features and bug fixes.
Document Foundation has attracted more developers with commits in the first
year than the OpenOffice.org project in the first decade," said Norbert
Thiebaud, a member of TDF Engineering Steering Committee.
has been downloaded about 7.5 million times since the
first stable launch in January
, TDF estimated. However, another 10 million
users have installed the code via USB stick or CD burned by one of these
downloads. Most Linux users get LibreOffice directly from their distribution's
expected, a bulk of LibreOffice's popularity comes from Linux users, primarily
because major Linux distributions favor LibreOffice over OpenOffice.org.
Approximately 60 percent of the installed base use Linux, 36 percent use
Windows and the remaining 4 percent use Mac OS X, according to statistics
collected by TDF.
developer community is "well balanced" between company-sponsored
contributors and independent volunteers, Italo Vignoli, a member of the TDF
Steering Committee, wrote on
The Document Foundation blog
. SuSE and Red Hat are major contributors to
the project, and organizations such as Canonical have dedicated LibreOffice
developers on staff.
for OpenOffice, Oracle modified its plans in April and canceled its commercial
version of the productivity suite. Oracle said OpenOffice.org would move to a
purely community-based open-source project. In June, it abandoned the project
entirely, donating the entire codebase to the
Apache Software Foundation
. TDF had hoped Oracle would donate the code to
the group, but Oracle said Apache provided a "mature, open and
well-established infrastructure." IBM is still working on OpenOffice code,
but progress has been slow, as the latest available version is OpenOffice 3.3,
released in January.
the LibreOffice suite is nowhere near ready to take on Microsoft Office, TDF is
planning to expand the project's range and sophistication. TDF will be making a
push to attract enterprises and Windows users over the next year, according to
the latest release of
LibreOffice, version 3.4.2
, was released Aug. 1, TDF said it was the first
version that was ready for corporate deployment. Prior versions had been
intended for "early adopters and power users," Vignoli had said at
expects LibreOffice to have 200 million users by 2020. Future plans for TDF and
the software suite will be revealed at the first LibreOffice conference in Paris
on Oct. 12.