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FSF Backs LibreOffice Over Apache OpenOffice

Jun 10, 2011, 16:00 (11 Talkback[s])

"Oracle, IBM, and the Apache Software Foundation jointly announced last week that OpenOffice.org would become an official Apache project. OpenOffice.org is an important piece of free software, and many of its supporters suggest that this change will give them more control over the project's future direction. However, users and contributors should be aware that, as part of this transition, it will become easier for proprietary software developers to distribute OpenOffice.org as nonfree software...

"While we do recommend the Apache License in specific situations, we do not believe it is the best choice for software like OpenOffice.org. This situation calls for copyleft, because the gains free software stands to make from a non-copyleft license don't justify giving a handout to proprietary software developers.

"Fortunately, there's a ready alternative for people who want to work with a productivity suite that does more to protect their freedom: LibreOffice."

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