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Oracle's ODF Plug-in Pricing: What's up with That?

Apr 21, 2010, 21:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"When news of Oracle's intended acquisition of Sun Microsystems broke long ago, many people wondered what that would mean for OpenOffice, the most widely adopted full desktop implementation of ODF. But Oracle immediately imposed a company-wide "no comment" policy on that topic, so everyone has been wondering what the answer might be ever since.

"So like many others, I expect, I'm trying to get my brain around Oracle's reasoning in deciding to charge $90 for a formerly free ODF conversion plug-in developed by Sun Microsystems. That downloadable plug-in was intended for Microsoft Office users who wanted to import ODF-compliant documents created, most obviously, by users of the free, open source OpenOffice.org (OOo) version, or of Sun's StarOffice, the for-sale, supported productivity suite based on the free OOo code.

"Moreover, it's not just $90 you'll need to fork over – the plug-in is only available in packages of 100."

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