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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org: Question to IBM regarding license of Lotus Symphony
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 14:46:02 GMT
dsh <daniel.haischt@googlemail.com> wrote on 06/04/2011 07:53:54 AM:

> Andreas,
> 
> On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM, Andreas Kuckartz <A.Kuckartz@ping.de> 
wrote:
> > I also notice that IBM currently does not sell Lotus Symphony but 
makes
> > binaries available for free:
> > http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony
> >
> 
> Although you can download IBM Lotus Symphony for free it is still
> licensed as an IBM commercial product using a particular license (ILAN
> [1]). Besides that IBM Lotus Symphony is part of IBM LotusLive [2] so
> the product is certainly a bit more than just the Eclipse-based client
> (actually it uses a variation of Eclipse called IBM Lotus Expeditor
> [3]) that one can download for free.
> 
> [1] http://www-03.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf/viewbla/
> [2] https://www.lotuslive.com/
> [3] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Expeditor
> 

Since this was an IBM-directed question, I'm wearing my IBM hat here.

LotusLive Symphony only shares the Symphony brand.  It is a set of 
web-based collaborative editors.   It is not derived from the 
OpenOffice.org code.  But since many customers want heterogenous access to 
desktop and cloud editors, we want to maintain strength in both.

But you are correct in saying that we've been using the core 
OpenOffice/Symphony code in several ways, as standalone editors, as 
imbedded in Expeditor, the related embedded version in Notes, etc.  I'd 
like to see the Apache OpenOffice project enable this type of embedding be 
more prevalent. It is end-user facing, obviously, but embedded in other 
applications, as well as standalone.  I think this is something that is 
uniquely enabled by open source. 

We give away the free version, as mentioned.  We also sell support and 
bundle it with proprietary products.  We also have partnerships with 
laptop vendors to pre-load Symphony.

I'm not saying this to sell IBM's commercial business.  But I did want to 
demonstrate that we have a strong business interest in seeing this project 
thrive.  Our business interests are aligned with the success of this 
project.

-Rob

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