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LibreOffice Celebrates - and Does Something Unusual

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - When LibreOffice forked from the original OpenOffice project, many people were sceptical. The fear was that by splitting the forces working on free software office suites, both would be weakened, and fail. I've always been a great believer in giving people a choice, and think that this is a real strength of open source: it ensures that software really meets users' needs. If it doesn't, sooner or later someone will fork the code and start a new project that aims to do better.

And so here we are, four years later, with LibreOffice still going strong. Italo Vignoli of the The Document Foundation, which is the organisation behind LibreOffice, has provided some figures charting how far the project has come in that time:

On September 28, 2014, The Document Foundation - and LibreOffice - will turn four. In figures, this means eight major releases, close to 100 million downloads, over 800 new developers, a large number of active volunteers in every corner of the planet, and millions of desktops "migrating" from proprietary to free office suites.