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Subject Re: Question to IBM regarding license of Lotus Symphony
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 13:35:51 GMT
Ian Lynch <> wrote on 06/04/2011 09:10:05 AM:

> So there are going to be two projects because Oracle donated the code 
> own to ASF for Apache licensing. That's not ideal from many points of 
> but it is the reality. Anyone who does not want to contribute code to an
> Apache license doesn't have to. In that sense there is a need for LO 
with a
> copyleft license. There can still be cooperation to try and make the 
> out of that situation.

Exactly.  As a prospective committer of Apache OpenOffice I'd love help 
from all quarters and collaboration in all directions.  But absent that, 
I'd be satisfied to merely not have the project's potential existence 
portrayed as a disease that must be eradicated from the face of the earth. 

The existence of a thriving community around TDF/LO is an opportunity for 
Apache OpenOffice.  We've discussed some of the possible avenues for 
collaboration.  But the existence of TDF/LO is not a valid reason to 
suggest that Apache OpenOffice should not exist, provided it meets 
Apache-defined criteria for entering a podling.  I don't hear anyone 
denying the right of TDF/LO to exist, for that project to continue or even 
to thrive.  Let's make this respect mutual.


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