Linked by Tony Steidler-Dennison on Mon 28th Jul 2008 17:32 UTC, submitted by zaboing
Oracle and SUN In an interview with, Novell developer Michael Meeks talks mostly about Sun's lack of openness in regards to He goes as far as stating that if Sun dropped out of OOo-development this "wouldn't be an entirely negative thing". He also goes on to talk about promoting Go-oo instead, and emphasizes the importance of breaking down the barriers between GNOME and KDE.
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Nah, I wasn't attacking Sun (or Novell). I'm really impressed with what Sun has done with OpenSource. Honestly, I don't care so much about Mono (yeah, I shouldn't knock it just because it's based on MS technology) and Evolution so that's probably why it seems that way. I really hope they can work it out. I understand why a company wouldn't wanted copyright assignment, but I can see how it could turn off open source developers.

Forking any of the major projects is generally an option if devs don't trust the company or don't like the development process. I think forks suck and I think Novell and Sun can come to a reasonable agreement. I wouldn't expect Sun to back down on their copyright assignments in any way that Novell isn't willing to do the same for. Sorry for any confusion.

Edit: Oops, should have mentioned this as well: The fact that Sun has an open development model for OpenOffice kind of points to the fact that they do think having outside contributions is a benefit, which means keeping the people who assist in some way with their software efforts is part of their business model. I won't go in to possible motives against Open Source in general, because I neither believe them nor do I believe there is much evidence to suggest it's likely ;)

Edited 2008-07-28 22:01 UTC

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