The dissemination of news is sometimes a circuitous route, and sometimes plainly difficult. The news I have this morning comes originally from a German news site, by the way of reddit, and translated by Google, while using the Iron browser.

I don’t usually have to go through that much to get information, but in this case, it is well worth it.

It seems as though some of the developers at the Document Foundation, being located in Europe, are releasing statements outside of those found on the Document Foundation’s web presence.

This one is from a site in Germany for IT Professionals, and I appreciate also the original redditor that put the note up there.

The Document Foundation has initial plans for the development of office software Libre Office revealed. All components of the application to be rewritten substantially. Among other things, the dependence of Java can be reduced.

In one month the number of developers, according to Document Foundation has risen to above 90. First, they want the spreadsheet Calc treat yourself to a new engine named Ixion. It will bring a performance boost and cope with VBA macros. In addition to Ixion to deal with databases.

For the word processor Writer module developers are planning to develop a better design capabilities, while the Impress presentation software slide show to bring a better one. Overall, the new features compatibility with the competition from Microsoft or maintain the "radical" to bring change.

The simple conversion between formats, and the reduction of dependency on Java-based code are other objectives of the developers. In the future they want to provide content to the fore again and have fewer new features.

Libre Office is a fork of The Foundation manages the Document Libre Office. (jt)

The dependence on Java broken, would this still be related to OpenOffice? Perhaps not, but in my own usage on Windows machines, I’ve noted that, for my needs, allowing the code to be used without Java made things much faster, though, as many know, some things simply don’t work. My needs are relatively simple, and the Java-less OpenOffice worked fine 95% of the time.

It means that the ties to Oracle grow weaker, which I’m sure many applaud.

The Calc application worked well, but everyone wants more speed, so that can only be good. The fact that VBA macros will soon work removes another layer of garbage from the camp that says OpenOffice (now, of course, Libre Office) is a pain to work with because macros that are VBA won’t work. It’s just another brick removed from the wall against its usage in an ever widening circle.

I’m not sure what that second sentence in the fourth paragraph means, but the fifth paragraph is wrong, according to the Document Foundation’s mission statement on the English language website. They state flatly that it is not a fork –

Q: So is this a breakaway project?

A: Not at all. The Document Foundation will continue to be focused on developing, supporting, and promoting the same software, and it’s very much business as usual. We are simply moving to a new and more appropriate organisational model for the next decade – a logical development from Sun’s inspirational launch a decade ago.


So, back to the point of the post – using Java less will mean for a difference in development, but should mean that we’ll see greater speed in whatever OS we’re using, so how can that be bad?

Also, fewer problems to be stirred up by Oracle means development times shortening, instead of lengthening. That’s also a good thing for all users.