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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RE[7]: Novell - Sun
by elsewhere on Tue 29th Jul 2008 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Novell - Sun"
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AFAIK, not many distros use Go-OO... including ubuntu.. last thing I knew was that Go-OO was downloadable from the ubuntu repos, but they used official OO.o

Go-OO is ooo-build, which is what many of the mainstream linux distributions are using, including Ubuntu. It's even supported by Debian. The build is available from What more do you need for credibility?

ooo-build originated from Sun's bureaucracy, that's all. The lengths non-Sun developers had to go through to get patches accepted upstream was excrutiating, so they spun their own branch with patches and improvements incorporated, and most of the linux distros picked up on it.

And then there's Neo Office, as well.

"Forking" isn't necessarily a good thing for a project, but when forks start gaining acceptance beyond the parent project, it should be a wake-up call. Ask XFree86, they can tell you all about it.

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