[Libreoffice] [tdf-discuss] Re: Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice

Simon Phipps simon at webmink.com
Sun Jun 5 08:47:48 PDT 2011

On 5 Jun 2011, at 16:20, Jim Jagielski wrote:
> Personally, I don't think it's "inevitable" at all, nor do I
> think it the place for people to make such statements on behalf
> of communities that they have, as far as I know, only limited associations
> with.

Actually I am a TDF Member and have a long-standing account at OpenOffice.org. I have been associated with OpenOffice for about a decade in a variety of roles. I don't cut code at OOo, and I've not had cause to engage in many public discussions lately for reasons to do with employment transitions, but I am still a proud and eager supporter of OpenOffice.org globally with, I think, a good grasp of both its history and issues.

> If we want to turn this discussion into an ideological debate about
> copyleft and non-copyleft, then I think it's a mistake.

Hey, chill. As Sam says, there's no ideology involved, just choices. The last thing I want is an ideological debate because I already know how it turns out. That's why I think it would be far better not to keep making proposals whose most likely response is an explanation of how licensing is the issue blocking them.

> But just
> recall that even the FSF admits that AL2.0 is the best license
> where free/open standards are competing with non-free/proprietary
> ones.

See Bradley Kuhn's rebuttals to Rob Weir[2][3].

> (PS: True, people who choose "only" copyleft won't be "welcome" at
> the ASF (they would be welcome, really, it's just that the ASF
> just does AL2... it's just an environment in which they might
> feel as outsiders), but neither would those people who choose
> "only" non-copyleft feel welcome at TDF...

Which is what I said, yes. It's just how it is, no value judgements.

> I think most people
> are true pragmatics and choose the best license for the job at
> hand.)

While that's a true statement, different and reasonable people come to different conclusions about what the superset of possible "best licenses" available for pragmatic choice actually is. We are not all alike. Pretending we are starts bad arguments.

Really, what is so wrong about discussing how to get the two activities collaborating the best they can? Why is your only proposal "leave here and join us"?


[1] http://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/members/
[2] http://www.robweir.com/blog/2011/06/apache-openoffice.html#comment-18558
[3] http://www.robweir.com/blog/2011/06/apache-openoffice.html#comment-18807

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