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From Simon Phipps <>
Subject Re: Differences between OOO and LibreOffice.
Date Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:44:03 GMT

On 28 Jun 2011, at 14:37, Norbert Thiebaud wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM, Christian Grobmeier
> <> wrote:
>>>> OOO uses (or will use in future) the ASL 2.0 license,
>>> OOO is LGPLv3, the AOO fork will be ASL2
>> To my knowledge the OOo trademark will be transferred to the ASF (or
>> is already?).
>> Therefore I would not say this project is a fork of OOo, it is OOo. No?
> "Eric Raymond, in his seminal essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar,[1]
> stated in 1997 that "The most important characteristic of a fork is
> that it spawns competing projects that cannot later exchange code,
> splitting the potential developer community"."
> So, since OOo and LO have compatible license that allow code exchange
> and AOO won't, then it seems that that qualify as a 'fork' of OOo.

With the greatest possible respect, this is a divisive discussion that helps no-one. The former project no longer exists and is being replaced by two (hopefully co-operating)
open source projects deriving works from its source code but both different from it in multiple


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