[Libreoffice] FYI: Latest Oracle move wrt to OpenOffice.org
bm_witness at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 1 12:37:09 PDT 2011
---- Original Message ----
> From: Norbert Thiebaud <nthiebaud at gmail.com>
> Oracle announce:
> 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):
> "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. "
FYI - LGPL/GPL does not _require_ that code be contributed back to the
_community_. Projects work best when that happens, but that is not a
The _requirement_ is that the code be accessible to those that the project is
being distributed to - e.g. end-users.
In the case of IBM, a user of Symphony would have been able to ask for the code
and IBM would have had to provide it per LGPL/GPL if that were the license.
It does not mean that IBM would have had to contribute back to LibreOffice,
OpenOffice, or anyone else.
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