OpenOffice fyller tio

Louis Suarez-Potts:

Ten years ago, on 13 October 2000, Sun released the source code to StarOffice under open-source licenses. Formidable in size and complexity and positioned against a seemingly overwhelmingly dominant competitor, OpenOffice.org was seen as at best, foolish, at worse, boring, fit only for office drones. Browsers, it was said, have more fun.

But we, the OpenOffice.org project community, showed these skeptics to be wrong. We showed the world that a free office productivity suite using open standards, especially what later came to be known as the OpenDocument Format (ODF), is more desirable, more powerful, and more transformative than any browser could be. We, the OpenOffice.org project community, gave the world a set of tools that allows all to participate as equals in the fields of commerce, science, education, government, to name but a few.

We have given the world the tools to do things and to work together. With OpenOffice.org, people produce – and their productions are theirs to keep and do with as they will. That is real freedom.

Själv har jag inte använt OpenOffice på några år nu men det gör inte dess gärning mindre viktig. Vill man inte betala för iWork och definitivt inte för Microsoft Office (även om Outlook i Office 2011 ser riktigt bra ut) så är OpenOffice ett riktigt bra alternativ.

Förutsatt att Oracle inte sabbar det. Risken för det är rätt överhängande.

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