OpenOffice is the free, open-sourced Microsoft Office that students and young professionals have used to save money for years. However, it might be shut down sometimes soon if more developers don't make their way over to support the project. In an email to OpenOffice developers, Dannis E. Hamilton, a volunteer VP of the project, said that they need people to help keep the software secure.
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The immediate problem is that there are only six core members of the team, which makes it impossible to fix problems. Hamilton concedes that a shutdown is a "serious possibility" because they aren't confident they can attract new talent.
According to Ars Technica, OpenOffice has lost volunteers to LibreOffice, a competing entity. He also said that the available pool is "aging" and that most people are passing since OpenOffice isn't "Much of a resume builder."
OpenOffice started in August 1999. The company that backed the project went through several hands. However, they've had some management problems and there have been tons of roadblocks placed in their way.
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The slow down of help is definitely reflected in the current state of the OpenOffice website—the most recent blog post, announcing the release of OpenOffice version 4.1.2, is from October of 2015.