"Sun Microsystems is expected to announce this week that it will
make StarOffice available as open source. Sun plans to release
the suite under the GNU General Public License, which is promoted
by the Free Software Foundation and is considered by many to be the
purest of the open source licenses."
"GPL allows developers to modify source code so long as they are
explicit about the changes they have made and license them back to
the community. Patents also must be licensed back. Sun could not be
reached for comment by press time."
"Sun is offering no date for the release other than "later this
summer," according to sources close to the company, but it plans to
make StarOffice available at www.openoffice.org, a URL currently
owned by Caldera Systems. Caldera could not be reached for comment
either. Caldera is one of several Linux vendors that signed
agreements with Sun to redistribute StarOffice 5.2 earlier this
"Releasing StarOffice under the GPL would be an important step
for Sun, which has struggled with its Sun Community Source
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