OpenOffice.org and Software in the Public Interest (SPI) are pleased to
announce an agreement to place OpenOffice.org under the SPI umbrella as
a member project.
OpenOffice.org joins such estemed projects as the Debian, PostgreSQL and
Freedesktop.org projects and the Open Voting Foundation.
SPI was incorporated as a non-profit organization on June 16, 1997 in
the state of New York. Since then, it has become an umbrella
organization for projects from the community.
In 1999, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States
government determined that under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue
Code SPI qualifies for 501 (c) (3) (non-profit organization) status
under section 509 (a) (1) and 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). This means that all
donations made to SPI and its supported projects are tax deductible for
donors in the United States.
The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer
and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the
leading open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.orgÂ®.
OpenOffice.org's leading edge software technology (UNO) is also
available for developers, systems integrators, etc to use in
OpenOffice.org extensions or in their own applications.
OpenOffice.org supports the Open Document Format for Office
Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as
legacy industry file formats and is available on major computing
platforms in over 70 languages. OpenOffice.org software is provided
under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used
free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.
The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a
number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor
and primary contributor.