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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: OpenOffice and the ASF
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 19:22:50 GMT
Quoting the full context for "these" at <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-recommendations.html>:

"The second is projects that implement free standards that are competing against proprietary
standards, such as Ogg Vorbis (which competes against MP3 audio) and WebM (which competes
against MPEG-4 video). For these projects, widespread use of the code is vital for advancing
the cause of free software, and does more good than a copyleft on the project's code would
do.

"In these special situations where copyleft is not appropriate, we recommend the Apache License
2.0. ... "

Considering that OO.o (and LibreOffice) support the ODF 1.0/1.1 OASIS Standards and the IS
26300:2006 International standards (with the ODF 1.2 Standard wrapping up), there is some
interesting context that I hadn't noticed before.

This also fits the notion of figuring out a multi-layered reference implementation that covers
at least the demonstration of a framework for processing the OpenDocument Format as well as
those standards that ODF relies upon by reference or selective mimicry (i.e., under ODF namespaces
using common local names and related semantics).

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: sa3ruby@gmail.com [mailto:sa3ruby@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Sam Ruby
<http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-general/201106.mbox/%3cBANLkTimh6agHcav1BDH1vnCm7ATeOBhz5A@mail.gmail.com%3e>
Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 05:19
To: general@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: OpenOffice and the ASF

[ ... ]

I encourage everybody to read the full citation, in its original context.

> S.

- Sam Ruby

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