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