"In particular, Go-OO contributors such as Meeks and Kohei
Yoshida balk at the requirement that the copyright of all code
contributed to OOo be assigned to Sun. Other criticisms center on
Sun's tight control of the project, which allegedly prevents the
development of a healthy FOSS community. Go-OO is supposed to be a
project where contributors do not have to abandon the copyright on
their code, and they can develop features that Sun -- for reasons
good for the corporation but not necessarily the community -- does
not care to accept into OOo.
"Some of those who object to Go-OO, such as Sun employee Simon
Phipps, rebut the project's critique of Sun. However, most
objections come from those who have ostracized Novell from the free
and open source software (FOSS) community ever since its first deal
with Microsoft in November 2006. The objectors focus on Go-OO
features ranging from support for VBA for scripts and file import
and export for Microsoft Works and OOXML format to the use of the
Mono programming language for add-ons. They express concerns that
Go-OO is yet another effort by Novell to corrupt FOSS with
Microsoft technologies that might be vulnerable to patent claims.
For instance, in response to one recent article on Go-OO, a
commenter mused, "I wonder if this is really an improvement or an
attempt to get mono code integrated into OOo."
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