IBM Lotus Symphony Turns Old Ooo Code Into Enterprise Judas Goat
Jun 11, 2008, 17:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)
"Oracle and now IBM seem to have strange ideas about creating a
business around open source software for the enterprise. First it
was Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program, derived from Red Hat
Enterprise Linux sans its proprietary bits and supported for
peanuts to beat RHEL and similar community projects such as CentOS.
Now it's IBM, which has taken old OpenOffice.org code under the
now-retired Sun Industry Standards Source License and released it
as a proprietary closed source freeware office suite. The first
stable release of IBM Lotus Symphony, released last week, has no
obvious advantages over OpenOffice.org. The suite is targeted at
enterprise customers, at the expense of free and open source
"There are three clear giveaways that IBM is gunning for the
enterprise desktop with Lotus Symphony..."