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

Michael Meeks michael.meeks at novell.com
Wed Jun 1 12:59:33 PDT 2011

Hi Ben,

On Wed, 2011-06-01 at 12:37 -0700, BRM wrote:
> 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 
> requirement.

	True - on the other hand, if millions of people have the right to get
the source code (a mass market product). If a copy-left license is used
- it means the cheapest way to do that is to provide the source to
everyone. If no (C) assignment is required, then those changes can
trivially be merged, of course that is the LibreOffice structure.

	But a fair point, it is conditioned to distribution :-) It is also the
case that the Apache license has no requirement to share changes with
anyone. Some argue that this lack of requirement encourages sharing, I
am very un-persuaded by that personally and historically around OO.o
this has clearly not been the case ;-)



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