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Code is not Community: OpenOffice.Org and the LibreOffice imperative

Jun 15, 2011, 20:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

[ Thanks to E5Rebel for this link. ]

"The best summary of the story so far that I can come up with here is that the move by IBM (enacted by Oracle) fails to realise that the OpenOffice.org assets - which Oracle inherited from Sun, where I used to work - and the OpenOffice.org Community are not the same thing.

"While IBM was able to ask Oracle to assign the assets to Apache, it was impossible for the community to be assigned over as well since almost all of the people who didn't work for Sun - with one or two exceptions - had already made a decision where to work. The conflict the corporations have manufactured isn't primarily about licenses, or about the maturity of Foundations, or even about personalities. It's that the corporations just tried to make decisions about something they don't own - people."

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