Apache OpenOffice

Monday June 04, 2012

OpenOffice.org is now Apache OpenOffice

If you download Apache OpenOffice 3.4, or browse our website, you will notice that we have a rebranding effort underway.    I'd like to offer a few thoughts on what happened, why and what will be coming next.

When the OpenOffice.org project came to Apache, it started in the Apache Incubator, where all projects new to Apache start.  Here we worked on various tasks to integrate the project into Apache, from licensing, policy, process and cultural perspectives.    Previous posts have discussed the site migration work and the IP review/cleanup tasks.  Another task for the community was to adapt to the Apache branding policy.

Apache projects, under the umbrella of the Apache Software Foundation, share a common website, a common license, and are part of a common larger community of developers and users.  To reinforce this, all Apache projects, and their products, use the naming pattern "Apache ___", such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Subversion, Apache POI, etc.

Possible conforming names that the community discussed and considered included:

  • Apache Open Office
  • Apache OpenOffice
  • Apache OpenOffice.org
  • Apache ODF Office

 A vote was held, and "Apache OpenOffice" won.  A new logo, based on a design by Michael Acevedo, was selected, and that is what you see our website now.

Former OpenOffice.org logo

New Apache OpenOffice logo

Updating the website and the code to use this new branding will take some time.   The Apache OpenOffice 3.4 release, for example, still has some places where it refers to "OpenOffice.org".  We hope to have this rebranding completed in our next major release.

Note: You will still continue to see references to OpenOffice.org in the context of older release.  For version 3.3.0 and earlier it is still proper to refer to them as OpenOffice.org, since they are pre-Apache.  But all new work at Apache will use the name Apache OpenOffice.


It was common to use the acronym OOo for OpenOffice.org. I am guessing that we should now use AOO.

Posted by Stephen Leibowitz on June 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM UTC #

We've been using "AOO" on the project mailing lists. On social networking sites some are using #aoo and some #apacheoo

Posted by Rob on June 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM UTC #

I like open office. Are they planing to have a online version? So that I can install into my ubuntu server and access via web. Thanks!

Posted by Low Choong Leng on June 08, 2012 at 04:33 AM UTC #

Think people will still refer to it as Open Office - a good product.

Posted by Tic Two on June 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM UTC #

Thanks for continuing this product!!

Posted by Arlee Carson on June 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM UTC #

I downloaded Apache OpenOffice onto my Mac. The program continually crashes. Reports have been sent to Apple as AOO. I have not had any problems with previous versions of OO. What is going on ????

Posted by Chris Stanley on June 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM UTC #

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