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ComputerWorld: Open-source community welcomes StarOffice release under GPL

Jul 20, 2000, 18:21 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Sun is positioning StarOffice as a replacement for Microsoft Office 2000. It runs on Windows, Linux, OS/2 and Solaris. StarOffice joins other open-source suites, including Gnome Office."

"Sun has released other products, such as its Java programming language, under the Java Community Source License, a licensing model that has met with criticism from the open-source community. GPL, by contrast, is used by such open-source projects as Linux."

"It's wonderful," said open-source advocate Eric Raymond, who has been a vocal critic of the Sun Community Source License. "They have finally figured out that they screwed up before [with Java]."

"We wanted to have the same impact on office suites that Linux has had on operating systems, and the only way to do that is the GPL," explained Marco Boerries, Sun's vice president and general manager of webtop and application software at Sun. Boerries joined Sun last year when it acquired Star Division Inc., the company he founded."

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