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From Florian Effenberger <flo...@documentfoundation.org>
Subject Re: Question to TDF and its community
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:51:02 GMT
Hi Niclas,

Niclas Hedhman wrote on 2011-06-06 18.12:

> I was on a long flight and came back to an immense number of mails
> here and elsewhere on this topic, so please bear with me if this has
> been brought up before, by someone else.

hope you had a safte trip, and I can feel with you - I had several 
hundred mails just over the weekend. :-)

> I vaguely recall the fork of OOo into LibreOffice, and if memory
> serves me right it was due to escape Oracle's governance/influence, or
> something to that extent.

I tried to sum-up the situation yesterday in these mails and associated 
links - hope that helps for some inside view:

http://www.mail-archive.com/discuss@documentfoundation.org/msg06607.html

http://www.mail-archive.com/discuss@documentfoundation.org/msg06575.html

http://www.mail-archive.com/discuss@documentfoundation.org/msg06579.html

http://www.mail-archive.com/discuss@documentfoundation.org/msg06585.html

> Was it already at that time known that Oracle was going with a liberal
> license, and the fork was then a choice based in the ideological
> differences in licensing?

Very briefly, the TDF was, among other things, created because Oracle 
didn't say *anything*. The move to another license was a surprise to us 
as well, so our decision has not been based on license ideology, but 
rather as we wanted to provide a good home for our community. Oracle 
wasn't responsive at all on so many questions.

> If it was not, how would the people who forked then have reacted if
> Oracle did then (pre-fork) what they are doing now?

It is for sure hard to say, but I (personally) am sure things would have 
happened different. Having OOo with a foundation is part of the 
project's mission statement since day one, since the announcement in 
June 2000 (!).

It's hard to say if the community had instanly agreed to a move to ASF. 
But, again, TDF has not been created out of licensing issues, but rather 
as wanted to have a safe and stable home for the community. Based on the 
lack of feedback from Oracle on so many important questions, there was 
no other choice left.

And now, that we created everything, Oracle acts - something we had 
wished for much earlier, ideally before September 28th, 2010.

But shall we now join the ASF proposal, re-creating everything we 
already did twice (once at OOo, then at TDF) just because Oracle finally 
made it, or doesn't it make more sense to work in the environment we 
created specifically for the needs of our community?

I posted it in another message, but it's important, so I repeat: The TDF 
was created with support of *ALL* community council members who have 
been not employed by Oracle, and most co-leads and project leads joined 
us. I think this speaks for itself.

> Finally, do you (TDF) thinks it is better that Oracle gives the
> codebase, trademarks and other IP-rights to IBM than to Apache? The
> way I read the situation, that is the alternative available most
> likely to happen in that case, possibly as a fully internal project.
> Giving OOo to TDF is something Oracle simply can't do, there is likely
> a promise to IBM...

My personal point was not so much about the software grant. If I 
understood this right, it exists independent from the incubation process 
or result. My point was that it is a waste of time and energy and split 
efforts, when there is a second project set-up.

So, easily spoken:
If ASF accepts the software grant, that's better than if it doesn't 
accept it. :)

However, does this really need a project where people have to come up 
with infrastructure, marketing, QA etc., or wouldn't it make sense to 
join forces?

Florian

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Florian Effenberger <floeff@documentfoundation.org>
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