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The Register: Boerries confirms StarOffice 6.0 to go GPL this October

Jul 19, 2000, 14:12 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"StarOffice creator Marco Boerries has confirmed that Sun intends to GPL the productivity suite. Sun will make the official announcement later today, but leaking to reporters earlier, Boerries said that source code for the next version of StarOffice, 6.0, will be available for download from 13th October."

"Sun has distributed millions of copies of StarOffice since last year, but the company's previously favoured non-GPL licensing arrangements haven't impressed the open source world. Nor indeed does has Sun helped its case with presumptious press release headlines such as last week's "Linux community renews its commitment to Sun's StarOffice," or February's similarly cheeky "StarOffice software and StarPortal initiative attain Linux community support."

"Last week's "Linux community renews commitment" announcement was actually about a string of Linux outfits, including Caldera, Red Hat, TurboLinux, MandrakeSoft and SuSe, agreeing to distribute StarOffice. GPLing it may have been the price Sun had to pay to achieve this support."

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