Apache OpenOffice

Friday March 02, 2012

Retirement of legacy openoffice.org email forwarding service



As you may have heard, Oracle contributed the OpenOffice.org (OOo)  code to Apache in June. As part of this move, we will lose access to the servers that formally hosted the OpenOffice.org website and various other online services associated with the project.  Fortunately, the Apache OpenOffice project, working with the Apache Infrastructure Team, has been able to migrate most of these services to new servers, hosted by Apache.  This includes critical services like version control, downloads, website, wiki, bug tracking, user forums, etc. However, the email forwarding service will not be among the services we preserve. The OpenOffice.org email forwarder will be terminated effective March 15th, 2012.

How this will impact you

Starting on March 15th, 2012, emails sent to openoffice.org email addresses will stop forwarding.  Senders will receive a bounce notification pointing them to an OpenOffice website with more information on the termination of openoffice.org email forwarding.  No personal information about you will be shared with anyone.   If the sender already knows an alternative way to contact you, then they might resend their email to an alternative email address, or contact you via other means.  We cannot control this.  Many emails are automated, and there is no human at the other end to react to such bounce notices.  In those cases you will not receive the emails and may not even know that you have missed an email.  So we recommend that you not rely on senders reacting to the bounce notification. Instead you should proactively reach out to correspondents to notify them that your email address is changing.

What you should do

If you have an openoffice.org email address then you should take the following steps well in advance of March 15th, 2012:

  • Contact those with whom you have shared your openoffice email address and let them know to use a different address to contact you.
  • If you have subscribed to mailing lists using your openoffice.org address, then unsubscribe from your openoffice.org address and resubscribe with another address
  • If you have used your openoffice.org address as a registration address for an online service, then log in to that account and change your address.
  • If you list your openoffice.org email address on your webpage or in your profile page, then update that information.

Some special instructions for OpenOffice-related services:

  • To update the email address used with your Bugzilla account, follow the instructions here.
  • To update the email address used with your OpenOffice.org wiki account, follow these instructions:
    1. Log in to the wiki.
    2. Select the "my preferences" link at the top of the page.  You should be seeing the "User Profile" tab by default; if not, select that tab.
    3. Change your email address, and save your change.  A large notice will appear, about the confirmation email.
    4. You will get an email at your new address.  You must click on the "confirm" link to complete the change.  You should see a wiki Special Page, confirming that your new address is verified.
  • If you are subscribed to a ezmlm mailing list, such as ooo-dev, ooo-users, or ooo-marketing, then you will need to unsubscribe from the list from your old address and resubscribe with your new address.  More information on working with the mailing lists can be found here.
  • If you have an account on our Extensions or Templates website, then please login to that account and follow the given instructions for converting your account over to the new SourceForge hosted authentication. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset your password, but you need to do that immediately, before March 16th.  Also, if you received an email from communityteam-AT-sourceforge-DOT-net providing you with instructions to retain access to the OpenOffice Extensions and Templates website you can trust that source.  It is not a "phishing" attack.

For more information

You can read more about the current status of the migration effort on this wiki page.

Additional relevant information is published in our project blog (which you are currently reading).

If you have questions, you can send them to our public user support list at ooo-users-AT-incubator.apache-DOT-org.  You can also subscribe to that list by sending an email to ooo-users-subscribe-AT-incubator.apache.org

-- The Apache OpenOffice Podling Project Management Committee



I am TOTALLY confused! Does Open Office exist??? Where is the update of Open Office residing? Is there a genealogy of what has happened? OOo is no longer to be used as an anagram for Open Office, correct?

Posted by Scooter Conrad on March 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM UTC #

@Scooter, "Open Office" was an informal way that many used to describe the project that was formally known as "OpenOffice.org". Other informal names were "OpenOffice" and "OOo". But the official name, with the official registered trademark, was "OpenOffice.org". You can still download OpenOffice.org, still use it, still get support for it, etc. The only difference is the project is now at Apache, and the name has adapted to the branding scheme used by Apache projects. So we will be calling future versions "Apache OpenOffice". Same code, same website, etc., but a new home and a new name.

Posted by Rob Weir on March 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM UTC #

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