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OpenOffice.org Community Conflict Leads to Fragmentation

Oct 04, 2007, 12:45 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"In a blog entry posted yesterday, developer Kohei Yoshida expresses his frustration with Sun's excessively bureaucratic specification process and unwillingness to compromise and communicate with members of the community. Yoshida invested a tremendous amount of personal time developing a sophisticated optimization solver module for the OpenOffice.org Calc program. Although Yoshida is making his code available under the suitably permissive LGPL license, Sun is now attempting to reimplement it from scratch because Yoshida refuses to assign the copyright to Sun, and the company is reluctant to permit inclusion of code that it does not own itself.

"Although copyright assignment is a very common practice in the open source software development community, the copyrights are usually held by a foundation or other neutrally-aligned organization rather than a single company..."

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