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The Register: Church of EMACS blesses GNOME-openoffice union

Aug 18, 2000, 11:48 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Free software evangelist and a self-styled saint in the Church of EMACS Richard Stallman has blessed Sun's release of its StarOffice suite in an email to The Register."

"The legendary hacker started the Free Software Foundation in the 1984 to create a free software Unix like OS, and the also drafted the GNU GPL license under which much of the Linux (or as he insists, GNU/Linux) OS is released, although several other significant open licenses are involved too. Stallman, more widely referred to as rms, says it should even temper opinions of Sun Microsystems."

"StarOffice is such a big and important contribution to the Free World that I feel we must reevaluate our view of Sun in consequence. Even if they don't contribute anything else, StarOffice constitutes a substantial change in their overall treatment of our community. We have a responsibility to recognize this," he writes."

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