In Pictures: 15 high-impact Apache projects

From Harmony to Hadoop, Apache has been a powerful contributor to the open source ecosystem


Turned over by Oracle to Apache in 2011, the OpenOffice application suite had been a Sun Microsystems project. It had floundered at Oracle, with the company clashing with members of the community.

The suite features six personal productivity applications: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, drawing, equation editor, and database. Apache released two versions in 2012, adding vector graphics capabilities, additional language support, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Version 4.0 is due in April, says Andrea Pesecetti, vice president of Apache OpenOffice. It will feature a modernized GUI, interoperability improvements for Microsoft Word files, better accessibility for disabled persons, and performance improvements. The 3.4 release of OpenOffice has been downloaded more than 35 million times since May 2012.

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