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: Yes, Novell, yes
by elsewhere on Tue 29th Jul 2008 04:29 UTC in reply to "Yes, Novell, yes"
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Oh and yes, I am removing OOo from all my systems to install Go-OO. Hey WAIT! Why can't I just install Office 2007? If you can be as unscrupulous so as to rip off a Sun product, add some shit features to it, and then urge people to promote it, I'll go ahead and download Office 2007 torrent too. Any more shit left, Novell?

Imagine you had an improvement to the linux kernel that you felt would make it much better from a usability perspective.

Now imagine that Linus and co. rejected it because they didn't approve of it, or that they wanted to run it through committees for evaluation and testing over several months, before they'd be willing to push it out for community testing.

Now imagine that you decided your improvement was good enough that you released your own patchset for the linux kernel in the belief that users might see immediate benefit from it.

Are you forking the linux kernel in doing so? Are you unscrupulously ripping off the kernel devs in doing so?

No, you're not. And many developers follow that same path. Did anybody criticize Con Kolivas, for instance, for "forking" the linux kernel? No, he just tried to make it better. Is that wrong?

Go-oo, and ooo-build, simply incorporate patches and improvements that Sun has not yet, or is unwilling to, incorporate upstream. The devs, including the Novell ones, still submit upstream patches with copyright assignment when it affects to core project.

What exactly is your issue? That somebody is trying to improve a project? Or that it simply involves Novell?

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