IBM donates Lotus Symphony source code to OpenOffice

Some time ago LibreOffice appeared, a fork of OpenOffice after Oracle bought Sun (former developer and owner of OpenOffice), it is not a secret that Oracle did not put effort and "win" to OpenOffice, which brought with it the appearance of LibreOffice and the defection of a large number of OpenOffice programmers to LibreOffice.

With LibreOffice it is intended to use the advantages that GoOffice brings with it, as well as other features that other developers were never able to bring to OpenOffice.

Later, we found out that OpenOffice changes ownership, this time passing to Apache, and so far we are.

It happens that there is something new, and for a change it is not something negative about OpenOffice. In this case we learn that IBM donate the source code of Lotus symphony a Apache OpenOffice.org, which could bring several improvements to the latter.

In an email to the Apache foundation mailing list, Rob weir (IBM Collaborative Solutions division) announces the aforementioned, as well as affirms that they will help Apache OpenOffice.org to implement the improvements currently available Lotus symphony.

I leave you some extracts so that you are more informed:

First, we will help the OpenOffice.org project to have the current improvements of Lotus symphony, under the Apache 2.0 license, as well as establish priorities on which of these improvements should be implemented as soon as possible. Using the code from Symphony that work will be accelerated by making these improvements available in the next immediate releases of AOOo. We already convert the help files to FINGERS, which would make the job faster, if going in this direction.

Weir He also mentioned that the GUI (graphical interface) of Lotus symphony has received several reviews from OpenOffice.org, hinting that OpenOffice maybe you would like to integrate the UI.

In the same email Weir admit that IBM has not been an exemplary member of the community of OpenOffice.org, says that a IBM you would like to correct this, starting from scratch with Apache.

However, we in IBM we have not been an example of a member in the community when OpenOffice.org it is about. Yes, we have participated in various community gatherings, and have sponsored conferences as well as worked together for the standards. But when we looked at the code input as such, we kept Symphony essentially like a fork, and we hardly ever give back and contribute code in OpenOffice, we recognize that it is not the most correct.

Now everything remains on the part of ApacheWell, nothing has been decided yet. Yes Apache considers that the proposal of IBM could benefit OpenOffice, without a doubt they will accept.
I think it would be interesting to wait with really novel changes, because dreaming does not cost anything 😉
Whatever happens, we as a community will always benefit or simply keep the action going, because if this is approved and OpenOffice comes with new airs and positive changes, the main beneficiaries will be us "the community", and in the event that this is not accepted and OpenOffice continue being what they currently are (someone not very accepted or popular), well ... we still have LibreOffice ^ _ ^

This is all.
However, I leave the question open ...

If OpenOffice comes with a new, cooler GUI, would you use OpenOffice or would you still use LibreOffice?

Greetings and thank you all for reading us.

work will flow better, and integration progress will be accelerated


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  1.   sangener said

    A few months ago I got to try Lotus Symphony and I liked the graphical interface much prettier than Openoffice, what was strange was that the equation editor was not ready.

  2.   taregon said

    As for the question… 🙂 I don't think twice, I would opt for OpenOffie + Symphony since a good environment or GUI increases productivity, which I have had the opportunity to see in this IBM software and which I bet so that everything goes Well, above all, having LibreOffice a competitor, you will see many new things between these office suites 😉

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Here the question is actually:
      «Why donate it to OpenOffice and not LibreOffice?» 0_o

      Undoubtedly a GUI change would help a lot, we would feel more "new" and comfortable, I think it would still give OpenOffice + Symphony a chance.

      Thank you for your visit and comment 😉

  3.   Alberto Garea said

    They have donated it to openoffice for licensing purposes. It is a movement for openoffice to adopt a type of license -the apache- that allows derivative works-developments not to have to inherit open source licenses by imposition, in order to produce commercially viable products. that with libreoffice, with a gpl license, is not possible, since its derivatives must be gpled.
    In any case, it is interesting that this is done, since there is a lot of dispersion in computer suites, as many as linux distros, which by themselves cannot survive. on the other hand it is also good since they are going to put pressure on libreoffice forcing it to evolve, and not remain as a mere clone of openoffice. Let's hope that evolution at least comes in two ways: improving the UI and making the code lighter