NewsForge: Sun Denies Report That It Is ‘Selling Out’ OpenOffice

“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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