= Proposed Self Contained Change: Apache OpenOffice =
Change owner(s): Andrea Pescetti <pescetti(a)apache.org>
Add Apache OpenOffice , the free productivity suite, to Fedora.
== Detailed description ==
Apache OpenOffice (formerly OpenOffice.org
) is an extremely popular free and open-
source office software suite.
Donated by Oracle to the Apache Software Foundation in 2011, it is now
developed and supported by a thriving community; it graduated from the Apache
Incubator in October 2012 and it is now an Apache Top-Level Project.
Apache OpenOffice 4.0, due in the last decade of July 2013, is a major update.
The two new versions (3.4.0 and 3.4.1) released in 2012 under the Apache
guidance totalled 60 million downloads so far, not counting mirrors.
To be clear, this proposal is about merely adding Apache OpenOffice: it doesn't
affect existing office suites included in Fedora and it doesn't require that
Apache OpenOffice is made the default office suite in Fedora.
== Scope ==
Packaging is the main issue here. The default OpenOffice build process produces
RPM packages, but there are major changes to be done to obtain a set of RPM
packages and matching SRPMs suitable for inclusion in Fedora.
Version 4.0 produces packages based on the current product name: this allows
to avoid name clashes with older versions of OpenOffice.
The OpenOffice sources have been updated to allow a clean build with the default
tools shipped with Fedora 19.
The change is isolated, except some possible packaging overlap with LibreOffice,
This issue was widely discussed for Fedora 19 too (the feature was then
postponed to Fedora 20 since OpenOffice 4.0 was rescheduled to be released after
The /usr/bin/soffice and /usr/bin/unopkg executables/symlinks are still a
problem since (in the Fedora packages) they would conflict between LibreOffice
and Apache OpenOffice: it is recommended to fix it in the LibreOffice packages too.
As discussed on the mailing lists, applications that programmatically spawn an
OpenOffice/LibreOffice process may benefit of the "soffice" symlink when they
locate an OpenOffice/LibreOffice installation. On the other hand, the current
upstream LibreOffice packages do not rely on a "soffice" symlink.
Anyway, some coordination will be needed, as already envisaged by FESCo for
Fedora 19, to ensure a smooth user experience. The impact on the system as a
whole is believed to be limited enough for this change not to be considered a
Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
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