Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Fork history does not favor OpenOffice.org

Filed under
LibO
OOo

The conversations about OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice these past few weeks have put forks on my mind lately.

There are two long-standing opinions about forks in the FLOSS community: they weaken projects or they strengthen projects. There are interesting arguments on either side of the debate, but if history is any judge, there is a strong trend: the project that forked away from the mainline project tends to be the ultimate survivor.

If that trend holds true, then it will be LibreOffice that will last, not OpenOffice.org.

Take, for instance, GCC and its fork EGCS (commonly pronounced "eggs"). For those of you not familiar with these technologies, GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection, a free compiler developed by Richard Stallman in the mid-80s for the GNU Project. GNU has been described as everything an operating system needs except a kernel, so it was a perfect fit for young Linus Torvalds' Linux kernel project in 1991. Like Reese's peanut butter cups, ("you got my kernel in your libraries!"), it was two great tools that went together to form the operating system known as Linux, or GNU/Linux, depending on who you ask.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

OPNFV Adds Chinese Telecom to Open Source NFV/SDN Partnership

The Linux Foundation's OPNFV project won a significant endorsement this week from China-based ZTE Corporation, which stands to increase the global reach of the open source network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) initiative. Based in Shenzen, China, ZTE is a major manufacturer of telecom... Read more

Elive 2.4.5 beta released

The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.4.5 Read more

Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

At the beginning of 2014, Red Hat embraced the community CentOS Linux distribution. It's a move that brought the clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) closer into the Red Hat organization. In a video interview, Paul Cormier, EVP and President at Red Hat, details how the CentOS relationship has worked out over the course of 2014. Read more

FLOSS Works – Now It Has Salesmen

Canonical claimed 20 million PCs had shipped from OEMs in 2013/2014 with Ubuntu GNU/Linux. Read more