Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2005 13:31 UTC, submitted by DittoBox
Features, Office On 2nd September 2005 Sun announced the retirement of the Sun Industry Standard Source License. As a consequence, no future Sun open-source project will use the SISSL. Projects currently using the SISSL under a dual-license scheme, such as OpenOffice.org, are dropping the SISSL and thus simplifying their license scheme as soon as the development cycle allows. Effectie with the announcement that Sun is retiring the SISSL, OpenOffice.org will in the future only be licensed under the LGPL (.pdf). A FAQ is also available.
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RE[2]: does anybody know....?
by MYOB on Mon 5th Sep 2005 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE: does anybody know....?"
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I think you'll find, in all reality, that localisation just doesn't count. The vast majority of the actual -application- is written by Sun staff. Its that that matters, not the translations.

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RE[3]: does anybody know....?
by on Wed 7th Sep 2005 01:58 in reply to "RE[2]: does anybody know....?"
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Say that again in Urdu.

It doesn't matter if you speak English (or American). If you don't speak English, then the application is unusable.

Translation is a very significant part of software development, and one which is frequently ignored.
It's also an area where F/OSS software regularly beats commerical, closed-source software, because of the "itch-to-scratch" approach.

I run a minor Free Software project (speedtouchconf.sf.net) and have had a number of contributions of translations, and a little bit of code. The translations have a huge impact. Being able to use software in Portuguese, Spanish, German, or (better still) multi-byte languages like Traditional Chinese, is a huge factor.

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RE[3]: does anybody know....?
by on Wed 7th Sep 2005 02:02 in reply to "RE[2]: does anybody know....?"
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I think you'll find, in all reality, that localisation just doesn't count. The vast majority of the actual -application- is written by Sun staff. Its that that matters, not the translations.

It actually does mean alot to me...as OpenOffice.org has been translated from German into English.

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RE[4]: does anybody know....?
by MYOB on Wed 7th Sep 2005 06:48 in reply to "RE[3]: does anybody know....?"
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It was available in English from StarDivision, so its not like Sun had to translate it from German to English. Although the code comments might have had to be worked on...

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