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ZDNet UK: Sun StarOffice: Open source for the masses

Oct 13, 2000, 17:51 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"Sun Microsystems is billing it as the biggest project in open source history. Today... Sun placed all nine million lines of StarOffice 6 alpha code into open source. ... "This will be programming in the large made public for the first time," said Bill Roth, Sun group product manager. "This is nine times the size of Mozilla."

"As with just about every commercially backed open source project these days, there are some caveats for those interested in the code on Openoffice.org. Not only do interested parties have to agree to the GNU Public Licence terms, they also must agree to adhere to the Sun Industry Standard Source Licence (Sissl). Under the terms of Sissl, licensors must agree to adhere to Sun-specified application programming interfaces and compatibility tests."

"Since July, when it announced its intentions to open-source StarOffice, Sun has worked closely with CollabNet, a company dedicated to managing collaborative code development efforts. It has divided the massive StarOffice code base into 75 modules, grouped into 18 projects... Currently, all 18 projects are headed by Sun employees, but Roth said Sun is expecting "others in the community to take over some of them over time. ... As part of Friday's Openoffice.org announcement, Sun announced that it is making Extensible Markup Language, or XML, the default file format for StarOffice, replacing the suite's former proprietary binary file format."

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