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Thank You Michael, But No, Thank You...

Oct 09, 2007, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles H. Shulz)

" Someone wrote a long time ago that a fork was not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed, it is certainly one of the most vivid expressions of the freedom Free and Open Source software carries. On the second of October, a much mediated engineer of OpenOffice.org and long time contributor of the OpenOffice.org project, announced that Novell would host and distribute custom builds of Openoffice.org without the JCA. What's interesting here is that many people would not have paid attention to this news if the press article reporting it had not carried a headline explicitly stating, 'Sun refuses the LGPL, Novell forks.'

"To this widely spread but utterly inaccurate assertion, two things should be said in response. First, OpenOffice.org *is* released under the LGPL. Second, and perhaps more interestingly, Novell did not deny that it was forking, aside from Michael Meeks trying to nuance and to minimize this claim..."

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