OpenOffice Might Shut Down; Here’s Why

OpenOffice is a free open-source office suite that is being run by the famous Apache Foundation but despite that fact, the future is not looking bright for it at all.

 Ars Technica reported this weekend that the vice president of the project has warned about its retirement being a “serious possibility” due to the shortage of developer numbers working on the project.

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We aren’t surprised about this news and many of your reading this will not be surprised either because we remember when a chunk of OpenOffice’s developer base left for LibreOffice just a few weeks after it was launched in 2010.

The success of LibreOffice‘s success has affected the parent project so dramatically that the project VP Dennis E. Hamilton warns, “needing to disclose security vulnerabilities for which there is no mitigation in an update has become a serious issue”.

The security issue is so serious that the Apache OpenOffice team recommended that its users switch to Microsoft Office or LibreOffice as far back as July because a security hotfix was taking too long to be released.

Is There Hope For Open Office?

It’s possible for OpenOffice to live on but that is only if there will be a flooding of developers to continue the project. One thing that is certain is that the office suite will have to rethink and restructure the project because a slow development and update pace is always bad news.

You ca read about the whole saga on OpenOffice’s mailing list archive, and for a detailed explanation of what’s going on you can check out Ars coverage.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
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