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IBM Joins Community

IBM has long been involved with the ODF file format, and has even embedded a customized version of into Lotus Notes 8, but now they’ve taken their commitment one step further and formally joined the Community.

The press release announces, “IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage technology in its products.”

IBM will assign 35 developers to work fulltime on itself, and will leverage OOo technologies in other products (as they’ve already done with Lotus Notes). Sounds like a very healthy and sustainable relationship with the community will come out of this!

Slashdot discusses the announcement here.

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