Apache Foundation could spur innovation at OpenOffice.org


The aftermath of the latest declaration by Oracle giving the OOo project to the Apache foundation. This sent shakes across the Internet and some of the mailing lists across the web including declarations from everyone across the block of OOo including TDF and others.

However after reading some columns already, this change provides more certainty that the project will live on and that OOo will probably need to rebuilt itself.

The more I read, there is some hope from many developers including Rob Weir from IBM saying:

I have a vision of a free, high quality productivity suite, one based on open standards and open source, one that doesn’t treat the web and mobile and tablet form factors as a design afterthought

Other peers have expressed that TDF power struggles and now becomes a new community with a FLOSS seal of approval and that TDF members don’t control. Althought I wouldn’t take it like that, I would actually hope for a project refocus on a more aggresive strategy to flatten out the community, and make it more dynamic and forward thinking including having goals like Rob Weir.

On the flip side, I think it will be a great thing for ODF since the fileformat could become more web friendly. Having Apache push ODF further will make it more accepted not just to things like Apache Forest but also other projects that can integrate with frameworks like ODFDOM, Simple ODF API etc.