In effect, then, this fundraising campaign will serve as a test of how much the community wants OpenOffice.org to continue. If enough donations pour in to keep the project going, the OpenOffice.org team aims to shift the way it plans development. "We have been going after the competitors for too long, instead of really focusing on the needs of the user," explained team member Martin Hollmichel. "Now that we are free we can change that."
If, on the other hand, there doesn't turn out to be enough support, business and individual users around the globe will eventually have to make the transition to LibreOffice or another alternative. Fortunately, LibreOffice is still extremely similar to OpenOffice.org, promising a minimal learning curve.
Only time will tell which of these scenarios plays out. In the meantime, though, users of OpenOffice.org will want to watch closely to see how things develop, knowing that a transition may ultimately be required.