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Oracle's OpenOffice Move May Be Too Little, Too Late

PCW - It's hard to say for certain what prompted Oracle to do an about-face on Friday and release OpenOffice.org to the community. After all, it was only a few short months ago that the company made clear its intentions to keep control of the productivity suite itself, spurring the creation of the Document Foundation and its LibreOffice fork.

LibreOffice, incidentally, is thriving in the meantime, having received support from the likes of Canonical and Red Hat and inclusion in their respective Linux distributions. Just a few hours after Oracle's announcement, in fact, the Document Foundation released LibreOffice 3.4 Beta 1.

Nevertheless, Oracle now plans to move OpenOffice.org "to a purely community-based open source project and to no longer offer a commercial version," it wrote in its press release.