= one of the FLOSS Foundations, responsible for Open Office
"an independent self-governing meritocratic entity, created by a large group of Free Software advocates, in the form of a charitable Foundation under German law"
"Today, several significant members of the OpenOffice community presented the newly founded “The Document Foundation“. The official goal of the organization is to replace Oracle, which has acquired the OpenOffice brand together with prior OpenOffice-carrier Sun Microsystems, as the carrier organization of the main open source alternative to Microsoft’s proprietary office suite. Consequently, in its first press release, the Document foundation kindly asks Oracle to “become a member of the new Foundation, and donate the brand”.
Until this happens, the OpenOffice-version officially promoted by the Document Foundation is called “LibreOffice”. The self-declared mission of the Document foundation reads as follows:
- Our mission is to facilitate the evolution of the OpenOffice.org Community into a new open, independent, and meritocratic organizational structure within the next few months. An independent Foundation is a better match to the values of our contributors, users, and supporters, and will enable a more effective, efficient, transparent, and inclusive Community. We will protect past investments by building on the solid achievements of our first decade, encourage wide participation in the Community, and co-ordinate activity across the Community." (http://governancexborders.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/the-foundation-model-openoffice-following-wikimedias-example/)