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[3]: Novell - Sun
by KAMiKAZOW on Mon 28th Jul 2008 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Novell - Sun"
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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"
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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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