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Monday, April 18, 2011
I am not worried at this point because the service contracts remain in place. Since the latest update for StarOffice 7 was the middle of March (these may or may not be the patches announced at the end of last week by Oracle), I expect OOO patches to appear for a while.
At this point in time the only thing that I certain of is that the commercial milestones which have only existed since OOO 3.3 will end. This is a return to the state of affairs with StarOffice 9 which did not have a separate milestone from the OOo milestones.
+"Oracle has confirmed the buzz going around about the exclusion of the OpenOffice application suite from its commercial software offerings."+ http://www.itproportal.com/2011/04/17/oracle-says-quits-to-openoffice/
I, too, am a bit apprehensive.
With the limited success of the ODF alliance, I fear I may eventually be forced to drink the Koolaid, and hop on the M$ bus.
Update, and not a good one, I am afraid.
Oracle seems to have switched off support for private Oracle Open Office and StarOffice Users:
To access the side you need a contract number which private StarOffice users who bought their copy over the counter do not have. The service number which is provided by Avanquest is not accepted as a contract number by Oracle. Sad - it seems my long relationship with StarOffice which saw me finishing my PhD with this programme has come to an end now.