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From Ian Lynch <ianrly...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal: Splitting the Community?
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:31:44 GMT
On 2 June 2011 17:18, Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com> wrote:

>
> On Jun 2, 2011, at 12:04 PM, Ian Lynch wrote:
>
> > On 2 June 2011 16:49, Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> On Jun 2, 2011, at 11:35 AM, Thorsten Behrens wrote:
> >>> As it doesn't fundamentally change the matter - this was a missed
> >>> opportunity to reunite.
> >>
> >> If we all agree on that point, can we please move on?
> >>
> >
> > Seems to me the main issue is the license. Permissive Apache or Copyleft.
> > Those who want to be associated with permissive licensed code will come
> to
> > Apache, those that want a copyleft license will go to TDF. Those that
> don't
> > care will contribute to both or work with the community they like the
> best
> > :-). Since it seems unlikely that those that feel strongly about it will
> be
> > moved, the crux is whether either, both or neither code base gets
> sufficient
> > support to sustain its maintenance and development. Only time will tell
> and
> > only time will tell to what extent the code will diverge if both projects
> > prove viable. So what further debate is to be had? Is it not just a
> matter
> > of seeing how many committers sign up to make Apache OOo viable?
> >
>
> My impression is that TDF likes having the OOo codebase
> as AL2 since they can consume it directly. Of course, the
> reverse is not possible, but that is the advantage of an AL
> type license: after all, having the code under the AL helps
> the developer community as well as commercial entities.
>
> If the intent is having OOo as pervasive as possible, then
> it's obvious that AL wins big time.
>

I'd expect you to advocate an AL :-) My real point is that irrespective of
the merits of each license, it is this difference that is the main objective
reason that two forks would be sustained. Maybe I'm missing something else
but I can't see what that would be - apart from personal ownership and sense
of belonging which is probably at is highest now but will likely decline
over time.




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