Thirty-three members of the OpenOffice team have resigned, claiming that Oracle's attitude makes it impossible for them to stay.
The mass resignations were announced in an open letter penned by project co-leads Marko Moellerand and Jacqueline Rahemipour.
The letter said that the members had grown tired of Oracle's attitude towards the open source community, and are moving to the rival LibreOffice project.
"We want a change to give the community as well as the software it develops the opportunity to evolve," it read.
"For this reason, from now on we will support The Document Foundation and will, as a team, develop and promote LibreOffice. We hope that many are going to join us on this path."
The letter said that the OpenOffice project had initially received strong support from Oracle and Sun, but that Oracle's attitude towards the rival Document Foundation made it impossible for them to work in the same open way as before.
Oracle has said that it will not be taking part in The Document Foundation, and OpenOffice council member Louis Suárez-Potts called for team members involved in both projects to resign over a conflict of interest. It seems that staff are taking him up on the offer.
This group, which makes up a large part of the team developing the German language version of OpenOffice, said that more departures are sure to follow.
If this proves accurate, Oracle may be forced to shut down the whole OpenOffice project for lack of support.
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