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NewsForge: Sun Denies Report That It Is 'Selling Out' OpenOffice

Sep 16, 2004, 13:45 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan, Chris Preimesberger)

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"Today a site called LinuxElectrons posted a story categorizing Sun Microsystems' recent 10k filing as 'probably as close as Microsoft can legally get to buying OpenOffice.org.' Sun, however, strongly disagrees with this characterization and listed several clarifications for us. In short, it's just not true.

"The 10K filing, submitted as the result of a landmark, $1.6 billion agreement last April Fool's Day between the two companies, lists three exhibits that deal specifically with the highly publicized Microsoft settlement agreement. The meat of the document states that Microsoft reserves the right to pursue patent infringement claims against OpenOffice.org, but allows for indemnification against such claims against StarOffice. StarOffice is a commercial office suite sold by Sun that is based on the free OpenOffice.org project..."

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