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From Sam Ruby <ru...@intertwingly.net>
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:02:34 GMT
On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM, Florian Effenberger
<floeff@documentfoundation.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote on 2011-06-06 01.48:
>>
>> Give me a citation please where anyone from IBM said the preference of
>> Apache to TDF/OO was due only to the license?
>
> I've been asking for reasons since my first e-mail to this list, but you
> didn't reply so far. So, if you could elaborate on that, I'd really
> appreciate that.

I can tell you that those decisions are made above Rob's and my pay
grades.  Way above.

I can tell you that when I was brought into this discussion (mere days
before it was decided), there were four foundations under
consideration.  My input at the time was that they were all fine
choices, and that in the event that the ASF was the choice I could
help.  I made it clear that I would not be advocating for any choice
as the ASF and retold a story of a time when I was asked to help with
a proposal and Eclipse decided that they really wanted it and the
project eventually went to Eclipse.  Search the archives for Kabuki if
this interests you.

Shortly thereafter, it was clear that the ASF was the first choice,
and I helped answer a bunch of questions, and helped negotiate the
Software Grant.

As near as I can tell, the final decision was made by Oracle as, after
all, it is their software that they granted to the ASF.

> Florian

- Sam Ruby

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