Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:56 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Features, Office "A group of key OpenOffice.org contributors and community members recently decided to fork the project and establish The Document Foundation in order to drive forward community-driven development of the open source office suite. Oracle has responded to the move by asking several members of TDF to step down from their positions as representatives on the OOo community council."
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RE: Oh, Oracle, we saw it coming!
by lemur2 on Mon 18th Oct 2010 23:24 UTC in reply to "Oh, Oracle, we saw it coming!"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Why do I get the feeling that just about everyone saw it coming. Oracle buys Sun, all the Open Source initiatives start to suffer. Solaris, OpenOffice, Java, it's all going to have to be forked and move forward without Oracle.


Solaris - meh. There is already a fork I believe, but I don't know its name.

Java - the fork is called openJDK. This pre-dates the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.

OpenOffice - the fork is preovisionally called LibreOffice.

MySQL - one fork is called MariaDB. There is at least one other, but I can't recall its name. Strong alternatives exist anyway with PostgreSQL and Firebird.

Forks are already started. OpenOffice was probably the last cab off that rank.

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Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27


Java - the fork is called openJDK. This pre-dates the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.


OpenJDK was started by Sun. Perhaps you were thinking of Harmony which was started by IBM and now they have abandoned it.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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Java - the fork is called openJDK. This pre-dates the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.


OpenJDK was started by Sun.
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Actually, OpenJDK is not a fork, AFAIK, it is an open source re-implementation of Java isn't it?

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werterr Member since:
2006-10-03

The fork of Solaris is called Illumos.

http://www.illumos.org/

Which didn't start out as a fork, it actually wanted to work together with Oracle as they killed OpenSolaris.

Then when Oracle gave them and the entire OpenSolaris community the big finger, they went and fully forked the code base.

Hopefully creating a more viable Solaris OS then OpenSolaris in the Sun and Orable days ever was..

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

That's the fork of the kernel and corresponding tools only, not the whole [Open]Solaris. OpenIndiana is a distro already: http://openindiana.org/

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flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Solaris - meh. There is already a fork I believe, but I don't know its name.

Solaris isn't even close to being, "meh". It's far and above Linux.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

That's nice, but no one seems to care about OpenSolaris. Maybe in 2001 or so an OpenSolaris could have edged Linux out, but today only Solaris fans use OpenSolaris and I don't hear anything about conversions from non-Solaris to OpenSolaris.

I'm glad you have your toy, and Solaris is a cool system, but don't think that it's going to still be a contender five years from now.

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dhpf Member since:
2010-10-19

Sun put a lot of resources into OpenOffice for years and years and LibreOffice show their gratitude for what they have forked for not even bothering to support Solaris, when OpenOffice.org does. I hope LibreOffice either fail or support Solaris/Solaris Express/Illumos/OpenIndiana.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Solaris isn't even close to being, "meh". It's far and above Linux.

Uh, huh. Solaris was so successful and well above Linux then that's why Sun tried to copy the open source community around Linux with OpenSolaris, and ultimately went bust?

Far and above Linux? Solaris has needed CPR for about ten years now and the evidence has been in how well Sun faired. I love these statements that people come out with that are somehow meant to be taken as fact.

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