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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by elsewhere on Tue 29th Jul 2008 04:49 UTC
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I suspect that if any criticism of Sun's management of OOo had come from a Red Hat or Canonical dev, people would be circling their carts against Sun. But since Michael is a Novell developers, clearly there must be an agenda against poor Sun.

It's not like this is new. There have been criticims of Sun's management of OOo for years now, as well as their past reticence towards incorporating changes into ODF that would cause difficulties for OOo, the "source" benchmark for the document format.

Novell is the second only to Sun as the largest contributor to OOo. They have 15+ developers working on it. Have been for years now. It's not like they're trying to swoop in out of the blue and steal the project, which is the way many people are making it out to be. And the Novell/SuSE criticisms of OOo management predate the Microsoft pact, for what it's worth.

And despite all that, it's not a fork, any more than the *buntu derivatives are forks of Ubuntu. The go-oo website even states that they encourage upstream contribution to the core project. Go-oo is simply OOo with a collection of patches and improvements to help make it a better product.

And more to the point, most of the people complaining are very likely using go-oo without realizing it anyways, since many of the larger linux distributions picked up on build-ooo rather than using Sun vanilla OOo. Think about that.

This issue is being blown way out of proportion, as most topics involving Novell seem to do. It gets a bit tiresome.

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