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From Pedro Giffuni <>
Subject Re: selling open office
Date Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:26:31 GMT
On 02/29/12 11:48, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM, Pedro Giffuni<>  wrote:
>> FWIW;
>> On 02/29/12 07:54, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> I don't see how this would have helped with Team OOo.  Surely, the
>>> logo issue was only a small part of the problem, a very small part.
>>> Even if we had a "powered by logo", there would have been the other
>>> issues that were entirely irreconcilable with any reasonable Apache or
>>> project trademark policy, such as the name of their organization and
>>> the tenor of their fundraising efforts.  So not a very good example,
>>> IMHO.
>>> Maybe a better example would be the FreeBSD port?  That does not have
>>> the extraneous issues that we had with TOO.
>> For FreeBSD we will not be rebranding so the idea will be more
>> in the lines of "Apache OpenOffice powered by FreeBSD" and
>> not the other way around.
> But the question is where do we draw the line?
The question is rather for whom you are drawing the line.
I suspect LibreOffice is not interested.

A "powered by" program would be opt in so you have to
ask first who is your target for such a feature and what
advantages will they really gain from it.

I would think that only people adding value to the base AOO
may be interested. FreeBSD will certainly add value to AOO;
we are using updated versions of saxon, Apache commons,
etc, and we are using FreeBSD's native packaging, but nothing
is non-standard in the sense that we may need say we have
diverged from Apache OO.

Someone may want to rename AOO and sell it on Ebay
and we can't force them to adopt the "powered by" logo.
Some resellers may want to use the OpenOffice and/or
Apache name to help sell their product but there are
issues that we should be careful to avoid: such products
are usually plagued with spyware or adware

At this point I would think we should just limit ourselves
to warn users in some visible page that OO is free and
about the  issues people may have if they download it
from a site different from the official repository and it's

Perhaps in preparation for a  "powered by" logo we
should have an official site for resellers and support
companies like Team OO.


> At one pole, I think we all agree that released versions of AOO,
> approved by the PMC and made available on the Apache mirrors,are
> properly called "Apache OpenOffice".
> I think also, that most of us agree that exactly copies (MD5 hashes
> match, etc.) of these releases may also be referred to as Apache
> OpenOffice, whether distributed via other websites, on CD's, even if
> offered for sale.  This doesn't mean all cases are acceptable.  If I
> form a company called "OpenOffice Direct" and sell CD's of AOO from my
> website and use the AOO logo, then this is a problem.
> But beyond literal copies, with MD5 hashes, matches, what else can be
> called "Apache OpenOffice"?
> For example:
> 1) I recompile AOO using a better optimizing compiler and release that
> on my website.  Can I call it "Apache OpenOffice"?
> 2) I take the AOO source, but not from a release, but just a snapshot
> from the project's SVN.  I think it is good enough for a release, even
> though the PMC has not yet officially declared a release.  Can I build
> it and call it Apache OpenOffice?
> 3) I take the AOO source, from a release, but then make additional
> patches in it, to fix some bugs. Maybe these patches are also
> contributed back to the AOO project.  Maybe the patches actually come
> from the AOO project.  This is a common pattern for how a package
> maintainer for a Linux distro might work.  Can they call such work
> "Apache OpenOffice"?
> 4) I take the AOO source, from SVN, not from a release, and port it to
> a different operating system.  My binaries were never signed off on my
> the PMC.  The quality and the binaries might be different than the
> quality of the PMC-approved releases. May I call my port "Apache
> OpenOffice"?
> 5) I take the AOO binary package, as released, and don't change any of
> the compiled code.  But I do modify the install program to install
> additional dictionaries, language packs, extensions, etc.  The core
> code is identical.  I've only changed the install.  May I call this
> "Apache OpenOffice"?
> 6) I take the AOO binary package and do not change it at all.  But I
> write my own installer that invokes the AOO installer to install AOO,
> and then installs additional dictionaries, language packs, extensions,
> etc.  So the AOO binary package is unchanged, MD5 hashes match, etc.
> Is this called "Apache OpenOffice + Foo"?  or what do we call it?
> 7) I am a PC distributor and I pre-install AOO on my PC's.  I use the
> officially released binary packages from Apache, install them, and
> then modify some of the default user preferences.  I also include some
> additional plugins that connect the user to my subscription support
> site.  May I say in my advertising that my PC's "Include Apache
> OpenOffice(TM)"?  May I use the logo?
> It is cases like this that we need to think about and develop some
> rational way of deciding:
> A) What cases are always allowed?
> B) What cases are always forbidden?
> C) What cases are reviewed on a case-by-case basis?
>> Pedro.

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