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From toki <toki.kant...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:25:30 GMT
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On 06/06/2011 08:02, Robert Burrell Donkin wrote:

> AIUI the TDF uses the LGPL. Like the Apache License (AL), the LGPL
> also allows proprietary software to be built on top. So, why would you
> break your rule for a TDF project but not an ASF one?

It is much easier to convert Apache licensed code to closed source,
proprietary software, than it is to convert LGPL licensed code to closed
source, proprietary software.

Given the history of OOo, instead of 100 commercial vendors of the
product, pointing to OOo for support, but not providing source code, and
not telling anybody what code changes were made, under the Apache
License you'll have 1,000 such vendors.

###

Did anybody bother telling The Apache Foundation people during the
negotiations that the OOo community is listed as the _official_ support
site for at least a dozen commercially distributed versions. Vendors
that didn't bother to inform the OOo community of that status. Vendors
that didn't bother tell their paying customers that the "paid support"
was volunteers from OOo community that wouldn't be able to address all
of their problems/issues?

jonathon
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