Open-Source LibreOffice Gets Commercial Support
Developers from SUSE Linux join the effort to provide support for LibreOffice, an OpenOffice fork.The open-source LibreOffice office productivity suite—a widely deployed application on Linux operating systems with development led by The Document Foundation—is gaining new backing today with the launch of commercial support from Collabora Productivity. SUSE Linux has been one of the key contributors to LibreOffice since its inception in September 2010. LibreOffice got its start as a fork of the OpenOffice open-source collaboration suite that is now an Apache Software Foundation project. Key contributors to LibreOffice from SUSE Linux are now joining Collabora, including SUSE Distinguished Engineer Michael Meeks. "I've moved from SUSE to Collabora Productivity—where I'll be working on turning the huge market opportunities around LibreOffice into great service for our customers, and improvements across the board to LibreOffice," Meeks told eWEEK. Meeks said that he's pleased with how LibreOffice is doing from a quality and deployment perspective today. Using that as a base, Collabora will be able to provide commercial support for large-scale deployments.
"That will include an enterprise-enabled, long-term supported Collabora LibreOffice release, along with bug fixing and security updates," Meeks said. "For those clients requiring customization and fine-tuning, Collabora will offer consultancy services."