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A plea to save OpenOffice.org from Apache

Jun 09, 2011, 12:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"So what are some of the objections?

"There are technical considerations at issue. Curtis cited LibreOffice, the fork from the OpenOffice.org code now maintained by The Document Foundation, and its move towards more Python-based tools. OpenOffice.org, will remain focused on Java-based code, especially given the preferences of the ASF, Oracle, and the other very interested advocate of this proposal, IBM.

"And there's the licensing. Under the proposal, the OpenOffice.org codebase will fall under the Apache Software License v2 (ASL). That non-copyleft license will create practical concerns for sharing with LibreOffice code. It also, in Curtis' opinion, could put future OpenOffice.org in a bit of a bind."

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