By webmink on Oct 18, 2006
I bumped into Steve Gillmor at the BlackBox unveiling and he told me he can tell when I am up to my ears in Bay Area work because I stop blogging. I admit it - work around open sourcing Sun's Java implementations was all-consuming last week. While that's good - yes, it will be real open source real soon - I missed an important birthday.
When I joined Sun I was lucky enough to go to OSCON in Monterey in 2000, and I was able to witness the launch of one of the most important projects for Free and Open Source software - OpenOffice.org. So that means this year it's six years old. The birthday was last week, and they celebrated with the 2.0.4 release. An exciting aspect of that release for me as a Mac user was that, for the first time, the Mac X11 release of OpenOffice.org came out at the same time as the other platforms - a very positive development.
As if that wasn't enough of a birthday present, Sun also had two small but important gifts for the community. The first you can see on Digg (and maybe vote for) - it's the page offering commercial support for OpenOffice.org from Sun. So now you have a choice if you want full support - either buy StarOffice 8, or get support on OpenOffice.org, both from the team with the greatest experience of writing and supporting that codebase.
The second is even more interesting. In our first venture to fund Sun's OpenOffice.org developers through an add-on product, we've released Sun Weblog Publisher, a plug-in for OpenOffice.org or StarOffice 8 that turns it into a full-featured blog editor. At only $9.95 it's exceptional value, and it directly supports our efforts to keep OpenOffice.org development rolling.
Both of these should give you a taste of where we're going with OpenOffice.org - watch out for further developments.