Earlier today, IBM delivered on a promise.

Last July, in throwing our support to the new Apache OpenOffice podling project, we committed to contribute the source code of Lotus Symphony -- a fork of OpenOffice -- back into the mainline project. This morning, that contribution is complete.

With today's action, we are re-uniting behind one OpenOffice, and will work with the Apache OpenOffice community to take the best of Symphony forward along with the best of OpenOffice. We will do this in The Apache Way -- community, merit, and openness.

Clearly, in the week since Apache OpenOffice 3.4 was announced, the market has welcomed OpenOffice back with "open" arms. In the first week, AOO 3.4 has been downloaded over one million times. Relevant? I certainly think so.

As I commented last week, IBM is continuing our support for Lotus Symphony, until we are able to offer an IBM-supported version of Apache OpenOffice that best meets the current and future needs of our current and prospective customers. Of course part of that is to align the social business objectives of these organizations with the incorporation of a modern, innovative Apache OpenOffice.

Meanwhile, to integrate AOO 3.4 with some of the IBM collaboration solutions, we have posted a series of AOO extensions -- one for IBM Connections, one for IBM SmartCloud Social. These are demonstrable evidence of our commitment to the broader AOO effort, not just what we will deliver with an IBM label on it.

More details on our Symphony contribution to Apache OpenOffice can be found in the project wiki.

Link: Apache OpenOffice-Lotus Symphony contributed features >

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  1. 1  Bill Geimer  |

    Good to know the IBM customer support spirit is unchanged and the Open Source commitment is still strong.

  1. 2  Lucius Bobikiewicz http://loop-2.net |

    Why did IBM create a propietary fork in the first place?

    And since when is IBM a company which lives up to the values of the Apache way of "community, merit, and openness"?

    Sorry, but this is just corporate marketing bla uttered by company which is not able to communicate in an open and honest manner.

  1. 3  Ed Brill http://www.edbrill.com |

    @2 we created a fork in the first place because we wanted to deliver Symphony integrated with our Lotus Notes client, which we did starting in Notes 8 (2008). We then delivered it stand-alone as well because customers were interested in an IBM-supported version of the OpenOffice capability, in part as a successor to Lotus SmartSuite.

    I would hold IBM's participation in numerous open standards and community effort up against almost any other vendor in the industry. If you see something different on the Apache mailing lists today, let me know.

  1. 4  Lucius Bobikiewicz http://loop-2.net |

    Ok, I acknowledge that IBM has a lot of experience with open source communities and and my comment has been too harsh.

    Sometimes I am just feed up with marketing language.

  1. 5  Lars Olufsen  |

    Perhaps time to submit Notes/Domino to Open Source and see if it gets a million downloads in week, and starts building new momentum?

    (Yes, I know, slightly provoking and meant to be - I know you can take it, Ed!) ;-)

  1. 6  Jason  |

    Ed, will there still be a version of symphony (by any name) included in the Notes Client moving forward?

  1. 7  Ed Brill http://www.edbrill.com |

    Yes, we will ship an IBM edition of Apache OpenOffice with Notes after OpenOffice integrates the Symphony code we have contributed to AOO.

  1. 8  Jeffson Martin  |

    I am crossing my fingers that OpenOffice will embrace the Symphony integrated work environment- tabs for open filed- going forward.

    This is just plain slick. and we really like that feature in Symphony 3.01.


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