Is OpenOffice at a crossroads?
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a flagship product for free and open source software but could be doing so much better than it is. What’s wrong?
Michael Meeks a long-time OOo and Gnome developer and Novell employee argues that among the chief problems are a lack of leadership, a half-hearted open source strategy and copyright assignments that discourage external contributions.
In a healthy project we would expect to see a large number of volunteer developers involved … In addition – we would expect to see a large number of peer companies contributing to the common code pool; we do not see this in OpenOffice.org. Indeed, quite the opposite we appear to have the lowest number of active developers on OO.o since records began.
Richard Hillesley looks at Meeks’ criticisms of OpenOffice.org and asks whether OpenOffice isn’t at a crossroads. Read the full article (H-Online)