[Libreoffice] FYI: Latest Oracle move wrt to OpenOffice.org

Tibby Lickle tibbylickle at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 11:02:48 PDT 2011

It's like throwing out the baby with the bath water - they're just
throwing away so much experience. I certainly wouldn't want to be
facing something the size of LO/OOo without a team who've had to deal
with it before :)

I'm fairly new to LibreOffice and contributing to FOSS but the
community have been highly supportive of my questions and
cluelessness. I am fairly shy online and not very confident in my
coding skills but there is so much infrastructure geared toward
getting newbies to contribute that it has been pretty much painless to
just get straight into it despite the terrifying size of the project.

I think that in part it's the people and in part it's the way things
are being done. It seems a shame to waste an opportunity to integrate
with a community with these advantages.


On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM, Norbert Thiebaud <nthiebaud at gmail.com> wrote:
> Oracle announce:
> http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/statements-on-openofficeorg-contribution-to-apache-nasdaq-orcl-1521400.htm
> IBM is very happy to be able to continue Symphony without having to
> give code back... (they seems to rejoyce at being able to do selective
> GPL: i.e what is yours is mine... but what is mine is yours only for
> the peice I don't care about and would like you to maintain instead):
> http://www.edbrill.com/ebrill/edbrill.nsf/dx/openoffice-moving-to-apache-good-news-for-the-desktop-productivity-market
> "The new project at Apache strengthens IBM's ability to continue to
> offer our own distributions of productivity tools based on the
> OpenOffice code base and make our own contributions to reinforce the
> overall community. "
> And IBM promise to contribute 'inovative' feature in the future:
> "We have done a bunch of innovative things and one-plusses on top of
> the OO.o codebase, including accessibility work, the data pilot
> engine, and Office 2007 file format compatibility. "
> Of course 'innovative'(*) feature like Office 2007 compatibility and
> Data Pilot engine are already today in libreoffice...
> Norbert
> (*) aka IBM notorious NIH syndrome:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Invented_Here
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