LibreOffice a Free office suite makes its debut. LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.org and is sponsored by Google and Novell. The office suite is essentially OpenOffice.org and even contains the very same icons and graphics of OpenOffice.org.
However, LibreOffice will be under the control and direction of a new foundation named “The Document Foundation” created by leading members of the OpenOffice.org community. The foundation’s job is to steer the office project towards new horizons bringing further enhancements to this very popular productivity suite. In fact, enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be / have already been merged into LibreOffice, with a steady stream of improvements promised in the future.
The OpenOffice.org trademark is owned by Oracle Corporation. Hence the name change.
Mark Shuttleworth has gone on record saying that future versions of Ubuntu will be shipping with LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice.org.
You can download a beta version of LibreOffice at the following link.
For more details, read the press release.