Despite these differences, OpenOffice is a good fit for the ASF, the organization insisted.
"We understand that stakeholders of a project with a 10 [plus] year history -- be they former product managers or casual users -- may be unfamiliar with The Apache Way and question its methods," the statement read. "Such concerns are not atypical with the incubation of Open Source projects with well established communities -- the successful graduation of Apache Subversion and Apache SpamAssassin, among others, are proof that the Apache way works.
Earlier this week, members of the OpenOffice project kicked off a fundraiser to raise the money needed to keep offering the software as a free download. OpenOffice is downloaded an average of 1.5 million times a day, according to the project's maintainers.