After Oracle handed over OpenOffice.org to the community last week we awaited The Document Foundation's response. Would they merge back into OpenOffice? Would they abandon LibreOffice for their original project? Now we know...
The blog statement with the title What We Strive For from Charles-H. Schulz, on behalf of the Steering Committee of The Document Foundation (TDF) makes no explicit reference to Oracle or to the recent announcement of its abandonment of OpenOffice.org.
However in this respect it is simply matching Oracle's vagueness since its statement didn't address the questions of licensing conditions and the future of the brand name.
It is true that OpenOffice.org, or OOo, has the better known name and logo but the statement from Schulz,
The development of TDF community and LibreOffice is going forward as planned
strongly suggests that TDF would not contemplate a change of name.
His post continued:
we are always willing to include new members and partners
and a new post today, The Document Foundation is Open for Members by the TDF Membership Committee talks of being eager to receive applications - presumably from any community members left with the OOo project but again no explicit reference to recent events. Clearly The Document Foundation is here to stay and LibreOffice is what OpenOffice once was - there is no going back.
An event that missed getting any publicity while we speculated about brand names and licensing conditions was the fact the first beta release of LibreOffice 3.4 is now available for evaluation and QA testing from LibreOffice Pre-Releases
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