IBM Donates Lotus Symphony To Apache OpenOffice

International Business Machines has decided to donate the Lotus Symphony source code to the Apache OpenOffice.org project.

IBM’s Open Document Format (ODF) architect Rob Weir announced via email that IBM was donating the Symphony source code to OpenOffice.org.

OpenOffice, an open source alternative to Microsoft Office, was earlier donated by Oracle to The Apache Foundation. Now, IBM has thrown its might behind the open source platform by donating the code and promises to work closely with the project.

IBM admitted that it had maintained Symphony as an OpenOffice fork despite being partially active in the OpenOffice community.

“Yes, we participated in various community councils, and sponsored conferences and worked together on standards. But when it came down to the code, we maintained Symphony essentially as a fork, and although we occasionally contributed code back, we did not do this well, or often,” Weir said.

The company said that it will be donating the source code to OpenOffice under the Apache 2.0 license. IBM will also work with the OpenOffice team to determine which pieces of Symphony will be integrated with OpenOffice.

The company also announced that it plans to propose a new incubation project at Apache for the ODF Toolkit.