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Oracle bypassed: Programmers fork OpenOffice

CNet - A group of programmers has forked OpenOffice.org, the open-source rival to Microsoft Office that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.

The group, called the Document Foundation, published beta versions of its software, called LibreOffice for download on Tuesday. And although the group invited Oracle to offer its OpenOffice trademark, they made it clear they're willing to proceed without the software and now hardware company.

"Developers are invited to join the project and contribute to the code in the new friendly and open environment, to shape the future of office productivity suites alongside contributors who translate, test, document, support, and promote the software," the group said in a statement.

.... Andy Updegrove, an attorney who was involved in the effort to foster OpenOffice's file formats as the OpenDocument Format standard, lauded the new foundation and said the software project failed to meet its potential under Sun stewardship.