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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: LibreOffice relicensing efforts
Date Thu, 24 May 2012 14:11:15 GMT
On 24 May 2012 12:44, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM, Ross Gardler
> <> wrote:
>> Thanks for the pointer Shane. Its a shame people can't see this for what it
>> is. The LO team are taking a step that makes collaboration easier from a
>> technical point of view. This is a good thing.
>> Yes, the sharing of code is still one way, unless individual contributors
>> decide to submit patches to both projects. However, the work involved in
>> doing this will be reduced by this action. This is a good thing.
> Well, yes and no.   TDF always had the ability to accept ALv2 code via
> its compatibility with LGPL.  So merely converting to MPLv2 does not
> enable anything that was not possible before.  What does help is that
> they are now giving explicit thought to how this might work in their
> processes, and how they will note such combinations in their files.
> That, more than the license change, will make it easier for them to
> consume AOO code, and for contributors to contribute to both projects.

My point is not a legal one, it is a technical one. Rebasing of the
AOO code will make it easier to share patches and thus make it more
likely that individuals will be willing to do so.


>> Well done TDF.
>> Ross
>> Sent from my mobile device, please forgive errors and brevity.
>> On May 23, 2012 2:44 PM, "Shane Curcuru" <> wrote:
>>> In case folks haven't seen this:
>>>  http://legal-discuss.markmail.**org/thread/mleqsm636zf5fqia<>
>>> Which points to:
>>>  http://wiki.****Development/Relicensing<>
>>> So it looks like there will be plenty of code sharing! 8->
>>> - Shane

Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)

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