20 Years of the FOSS Office Suite
Twenty years ago, on July 19, 2000, Sun Microsystems announced at O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Monterey, California, the release of the source code of its StarOffice Suite to the open source community. Thus began the history of the community that helped grow the OpenOffice project for nearly ten years, until the announcement of the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.
In September 2010, the same community created The Document Foundation – an organization promised by Sun’s press release, which was always postponed for some reason – to drive the LibreOffice project forward, and continue the story of the best open source office suite while remaining true to the original copyleft license.
Today, we are celebrating 20 years of activity, while preparing for the announcement of LibreOffice 7.0, which will be the first to support Open Document Format 1.3. The passion that we continue to put into all the things we do, including discussions about the future of LibreOffice, is a testament to a daily commitment that has never waned in the last 20 years, and will remain unchanged in the next 20.
HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, FOSS OFFICE SUITE !!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I thought that LibreOffice would have a short time of life and I was wrong. LibreOffice is the most SUCCESSFUL office suite of the world – it has increasingly larger user base, Microsoft loses its fans. And it is done under the really free platform you can imagine.
So Happy Birthday, LibreOffice, thank you and best wishes to next 20 years!