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Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > *DRAFT* Distribution FAQ
Date Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:17:00 GMT
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Page: *DRAFT* Distribution FAQ (*DRAFT*+Distribution+FAQ)

Edited by Kay Schenk:
h1. Apache OpenOffice Distribution FAQ

h2. Where is the old distribution list/information?

The Apache OpenOffice project distributes OpenOffice online, as a free download from our website.
Although this is sufficient for most users, we also know that for others users, a copy of
OpenOffice on CD-ROM or other media is preferred.

The legacy project had a "Distribution Project" that listed the contact information
for 3rd parties who would provide, at a charge, a CD-ROM containing OpenOffice. We've suspended
this program. -until the Apache OpenOffice project determines how a similar service might
be enabled in the future, one that will give users greater assurance that they are receiving
the latest version of OpenOffice.- If you want to voice your opinion on the distribution project,
or offer any opinions, please send them to our public mailing list, at

 h2. What do I need to know about the OpenOffice License?

Version 3.4, named Apache OpenOffice 3.4 and distributed by the Apache Software Foundation,
uses  Apache license, [Apache License v2|].
More about this license and how this license applies to various scenarios can be found on
the [Apache License and Distribution FAQ|]

Versions 3.0, beta to 3.3, named 3.3, etc., used the [GNU Lesser General Public
License v3|], LGPL.

You should comply with the terms of these licenses for any distribution you undertake.

 h2. Can I let my clients download your software and use your logo on my website or other
distribution media?

Please see the [Apache OpenOffice Trademarks|]
page for more information on about the "Apache OpenOffice" and "" trademarks
and what you need to do to use them. Also, please review information which applies to [older logos and icons|] on [the
OpenOffice wiki|]. 

 h2. Can I Produce a CD/DVD of your software and distribute it.

Yes, this is covered under Apache License 2 for Apache OpenOffice 3.4, and covered under the
LGPL for older versions. Please see  *I'm not a lawyer. What does it all MEAN?* section of
the [Apache License FAQ page|]. This means
you can distribute unmodified versions of Apache OpenOffice as Apache OpenOffice, or older
versions of as 

 h2. I want to link to your product/page. Will you partner with me and link to mine?

Due to the number of potential distributors of Apache OpenOffice, this is not feasible. We
are hopeful that well-known search engines will be able to find your "packaging" or "distribution"
with minimal effort.

 h2. Can I distribute OpenOffice on a CD or my website and call it something else?

Generally, no. If such a need arises for whatever reason, please contact the [Apache OpenOffice

h2. Can I distribute OpenOffice as use my company's name with it?

If you as company, ABC, wish to distribute OpenOffice on a CD with a label "ABC OpenOffice",
the answer is "no". This would be a trademark use violation. This is covered in the Apache
License version 2 document under section [6. Trademarks|]

You could use wording such as "ABC's Office Suite Powered by Apache OpenOffice" as alternative.
Please contact the [Apache OpenOffice development list|]
with additional questions about this type of use.

h2. I still have questions, what should I do?

Please contact the [Apache OpenOffice PPMC|mailto:].

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