Linked by Tony Steidler-Dennison on Mon 28th Jul 2008 17:32 UTC, submitted by zaboing
Oracle and SUN In an interview with derStandard.at, Novell developer Michael Meeks talks mostly about Sun's lack of openness in regards to OpenOffice.org. 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[2]: Novell - Sun
by Ford Prefect on Mon 28th Jul 2008 19:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Novell - Sun"
Ford Prefect
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2006-01-16

I don't like this project just for the reason you pointed out: It is obvious that it is ran by Novell but they don't openly admit it.

Instead they list individual employees as the developers of the project. Then they do press work like this, talking bad about OpenOffice while promoting their fork.

This is not the expected behaviour of a good free software citizen.


It is also obvious what the main goals of Novell are with this software suite: strengthening the relationship with Microsoft (while effectively weakening ODF) on several fronts. While better interoperability is always a good thing, the question remains unanswered what parts/developments of OpenOffice went missing in Go-OO for this.

As an individual developer, wether you work on OpenOffice or on Go-OO, you just get involved into a fight between some big software companies. At least on of these talks about openness and freedom, while signing contracts with on of the biggest enemys of this very freedom. No thanks.

Edited 2008-07-28 19:24 UTC

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RE[3]: Novell - Sun
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 28th Jul 2008 21:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell - Sun"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

the question remains unanswered what parts/developments of OpenOffice went missing in Go-OO for this.

If Go-OO is the same version of OpenOffice as the one in openSUSE, then (as far as I can see) nothing is missing.

At least on of these talks about openness and freedom, while signing contracts with on of the biggest enemys of this very freedom. No thanks.

To be fair: Almost every company has contracts with MS -- like AMD or Intel. Yet both are big supporters of free software.
I'm not defending the Novell-MS deal in any way but keep in mind that Novell still releases lots of free software. If you don't like Mono, just don't use it.

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RE[4]: Novell - Sun
by Ford Prefect on Mon 28th Jul 2008 21:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Novell - Sun"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Sure I don't have a problem using their software. Don't blame the software, it is free (not as in beer) after all.

I would not say that AMD or Intel are supporters of free software. They are supporters of their customers and their customers need support for the free software they apparently use. It makes sense for a hardware company to expand its markets and they have to play by the rules of these markets so they do.

After all, I just watch Novell's free software business with some scepticism in mind.

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