Symphony Fork to return to OpenOffice.org
Written by Sue Gee   
Friday, 15 July 2011

IBM is donating the code of its Symphony office suite to the Apache Foundation Software so that it can be re-integrated with OpenOffice.org.

 

The free-for-download office application suite, IBM Lotus Symphony, originated as a fork from OpenOffice.org 3.0 but now, at its own Version 3, has a sleek and polished user interface.

News that IBM wants to hand it over to Apache so that the code can be folded into the OpenOffice.org open source project was given a post to an Apache email list by  Rob Weir who starts with:

I'm sending this with my IBM "hat".

and explaining that he will be making announcements at ODF Plugfest on 15 July.

Commenting that the "fresh start at Apache is a good opportunity" Weir says that as well as contributing Lotus Symphony IBM will work with members of the community to integrate various components into the OpenOffice.org platform.

Weir also discloses that IBM will be proposing a new incubation project at Apache, for the ODF Toolkit, explaining:

These Java libraries enable new kinds of lightweight document processing applications. We think this would work well as an Apache project, and we look forward to moving that into incubation and developing that complementary project forward.


Oracle's decision to hand over OpenOffice.org was encouraged by IBM and Rob Weir welcomed its acceptance by Apache as a positive outcome for the ODF standard. This move further reinforces his proposal for using ODF as the basis for interoperability among competing application suites.

Related articles:

OpenOffice.org voted into Apache Incubator

 

If you would like to be informed about new articles on I Programmer you can either follow us on Twitter or Facebook or you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter.


Banner


Raspberry Pi Photo Competition Results Are Stunning
02/08/2014

The results of the Raspberry Pi photo competition organized by Adafruit have been revealed and, while the prizes awarded might seem low, the results are amazing. 



Chrome 64-Bit For Windows In Beta
05/08/2014

If you are running Windows 7 or later on a 64-bit machine you might be looking froward to having a 64-bit version of Chrome. It is now in the beta channel and you are invited to try out its features a [ ... ]


More News

 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2014 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.