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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject RE: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal: Splitting the Community?
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:59:33 GMT
"Allen Pulsifer" <pulsifer@openoffice.org> wrote on 06/03/2011 11:45:03 
AM:

> 
> It is my understanding though that IBM wants to work with a project that 
is
> licensed under the Apache License, not the LGPL.  If The Document 
Foundation
> is willing to change its release from the LGPL to the Apache License (or
> possibly to host a parallel project under the Apache License), then you
> might be able to get IBM to join forces with the TDF.
> 

Without commenting on the merit of the idea, a practical difficulty is 
that TDF is not able to change to Apache 2.0, since Oracle owns the 
copyright.  LO is tied to GPL and can only add more lenient license 
choices for new contributions to their project.

But even if they had free access under Apache 2.0 to OpenOffice or even if 
Oracle assigned them the copyright directly, they still have the issue of 
any deltas they have since LO started.

GPL was designed to prevent this kind of collaboration.  It is working as 
designed.

-Rob


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