OpenOffice Will Shut Down If Developers Don’t Support It Soon

recent email by Apache OpenOffice vice president Dennis Hamilton informs that project may shut down. Hamilton volunteer for the position, cites the lack of volunteer developers to enable project’s continuance,

“I have regularly observed that the Apache OpenOffice project has limited capacity for sustaining the project in an energetic manner,”writes Hamilton. “It is also my considered opinion that there is no ready supply of developers who have the capacity, capability, will to supplement the roughly half-dozen volunteers holding the project together.”

Hamilton adds that as of late, both the project’s capacity to produce secure software and respond to documented bug reports in a timely manner have been put into serious question. Both elements are part of the Apache project maturity model.

The project’s dwindling developer support is reflected in its version update releases, which have been scarce since last year. Apache OpenOffice has had only one update release in 2015 and that is version 4.1.2 last October.

During 4.1.2’s release, a documented report regarding the memory corruption vulnerability that can occur when documents are loaded on Impress was also submitted.

team released an advisory regarding said vulnerability on July 21. hotfix was made available last week, Aug. 30, Tuesday.

“It is remiss of me not to point out that retirement of the project is a serious possibility,” comments Hamilton. “My interest is in seeing any retirement happen gracefully.”

The Apache OpenOffice is successor of OpenOffice.org open source office suite, which was often bundled with Linux distributions. However, in recent years, most Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, shifted from OpenOffice to LibreOffice, an OpenOffice fork that builds on the original OpenOffice code base.

 

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