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

Dennis E. Hamilton dennis.hamilton at acm.org
Wed Jun 1 15:51:51 PDT 2011

I also notice that the Apache CLA is not a copyright assignment, it is simply a non-exclusive license with the usual attestation that I have the right to grant the license and it is my original work.  (Patch contributions apparently don't even require a CLA, but committers do.)  One could make the same contribution to both an Apache project and LibreOffice, although it takes more work.  For individual contributors such as myself: <http://www.apache.org/licenses/icla.txt>
So, in that regard, it is not like the transfer that I understand Sun/Oracle required for contributions to OO.o.
- Dennis
PS: It is personally appealing to me that the Apache project proposes to use the tools I already use for other projects (i.e., Subversion and JIRA).  I don't have any plans to contribute anything, but it is heartening to know that part of the learning curve would be handled for me if I chose to do so.
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From: Dennis E. Hamilton [mailto:dennis.hamilton at acm.org] 
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Subject: RE: [Libreoffice] FYI: Latest Oracle move wrt to OpenOffice.org
I think this is about licenses.
Under the Apache 2.0 license, I expect we will see contributions from IBM and others for whom reciprocal licenses are toxic.  
I recently noticed that the ODF Toolkit Java bits are Apache licensed already, so that is also helpful.
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At the moment, I feel a bit conflicted, caught straddling between preference for user discussions and bug submissions here, and my established desire to  develop and contribute code that is acceptable  to Apache-licensed projects.   And hey, Subversion works for me.
- Dennis
PS: I notice that the proposal to create an Apache Incubator omits the risk of their being a fork and divided developer community.  There is this presumption: "Both Oracle and ASF agree that the OpenOffice.org development community, previously fragmented, would re-unite under ASF to ensure a stable and long term future for OpenOffice.org.  ASF would enable corporate, non-profit, and volunteer stakeholders to contribute code in a collaborative fashion."  I agree with what ASF would enable, but I don't think it is in the power of ASF and Oracle to ensure re-uniting of the development community.  
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