Apache OpenOffice Becomes Top-Level Project
The Apache Software Foundation announced that OpenOffice is now an Apache top-level project.The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced that Apache OpenOffice has graduated from the Apache incubator to become a top-level project (TLP). Though relatively new to Apache, the OpenOffice open-source office productivity software suite has been around for more than 25 years. The technology started out as StarOffice—created by Star Division—in 1984. Sun Microsystems acquired Star Division in 1999. Oracle completed its acquisition of Sun in 2010 and a year later donated the OpenOffice code to Apache. "The graduation of OpenOffice is testament to The Apache Way successfully scaling from incubating 'ingredient brands' to a highly established end-user product," ASF executive vice president and Apache OpenOffice mentor Ross Gardler, said in a statement. "The incubation process allowed experienced Apache contributors to mentor the project, helping both new and established OpenOffice contributors build an Apache-style community that is both open and diverse." "The OpenOffice graduation is the official recognition that the project is now able to self-manage not only in technical matters, but also in community issues," said Andrea Pescetti, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, in a statement. "The 'Apache Way' and its methods, such as taking every decision in public with total transparency, have allowed the project to attract and successfully engage new volunteers, and to elect an active and diverse Project Management Committee that will be able to guarantee a stable future to Apache OpenOffice."
During its development period in the Apache Incubator, the Apache OpenOffice project transitioned nearly 10 million lines of code, added numerous enhancements, and fixed dozens of user-reported bugs in the popular and free productivity suite, ASF officials said. In addition, the software received five industry awards, ranging from individual component highlights to the top download to the best open-source desktop office productivity application suite.