Leading Open Source office
application and personal productivity suite under development as a
community-led Apache® Project for the past 8 years

Wakefield, MA —14 October 2020—
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers,
stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and
initiatives, announced today the twenty-year anniversary of OpenOffice®, the last eight of which as an Apache® Top-Level Project.

inspiring to see so many dedicated people from around the world
volunteer their time to mentor, contribute code, test issues, moderate
mailing lists, help on forums, translations, marketing and more to keep
making this great product better and available for millions of users,"
said Carl Marcum, Vice President of Apache OpenOffice. "OpenOffice is
more than just software. It’s a great community that I’m glad to be a
part of."

With more than 300 million downloads, Apache OpenOffice
is used by countless individuals, organizations, and institutions around
the world who are seeking a reliable, robust, and freely-available Open
Source office document productivity suite. Apache OpenOffice features
the following applications for Windows, macOS and Linux:

  • "Writer" word processor;
  • "Calc" spreadsheet tool;
  • "Impress" presentation editor;
  • "Draw" vector graphics editor; 
  • "Math" mathematical formula editor; and 
  • "Base" database management program. 

OpenOffice supports more than 120 languages, 41 of which are officially
maintained and released by the Project. Apache OpenOffice is the
productivity suite of choice for governments seeking to meet mandates
for using ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF) files.

created as "StarOffice" in 1985 by StarDivision, who was acquired by
Sun Microsystems in 1999. The project was open-sourced under the name
"OpenOffice.org", and continued development after Oracle Corporation
acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. OpenOffice entered the Apache
Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in
October 2012.

"At Apache OpenOffice we are very excited about 20
years of OpenOffice," said Marcus Lange, ASF Member and Apache
OpenOffice Committer since the project first arrived at the ASF.
"Countless users, developers and friends have made it possible that we
can today celebrate this incredible anniversary. Their commitment makes
me believe that we will see many more years of this great Open Source
productivity suite."

"The need and, in fact, the demand, for a
permissively licensed Open Source office suite, available to the masses
and not just the privileged few fortunate enough to have the latest
hardware and software, has never been greater within the last two
decades," said Jim Jagielski, ASF co-Founder and Apache OpenOffice
incubating mentor. "Apache OpenOffice exists to provide essential
functionality, with as few licensing restrictions as possible, to the
world at large. It is truly a noble mission, and I am honored to be a
small part of it."

"As a long-term user, I joined the project in
2016 to give something back," said Matthias Seidel, Committer and member
of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee. "After a steep
learning curve, I am proud to be part of the community that provides
this great software for the public good and benefits millions

Apache OpenOffice is available as a free download to
all users at 100% no cost, charge, or fees of any kind. OpenOffice
source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the
applications. The Project welcomes contributions back to the project,
its code, and its community. Those interested in participating with
Apache OpenOffice can find out more at https://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html .

Availability and Oversight
with all Apache projects, OpenOffice software is released under the
Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active
contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides
the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development
and product releases. For project data, documentation, and more
information on Apache OpenOffice, visit https://openoffice.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheOO .

releases have been made under the auspices of the ASF. The project
strongly recommends that users download OpenOffice only from the
official site https://www.openoffice.org/download/ to ensure that they receive the original software in the correct and most recent version.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the world’s largest
Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing
more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The
ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing
the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project
Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and
initiatives in collaboration with 7,900+ Committers through the ASF’s
meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is
integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to
tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical
applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage
exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of
objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and
permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard,
helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless
users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable
organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors
including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services,
Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner,
Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Inspur,
Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon
Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF  

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