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: Not news
by trembovetski on Tue 29th Jul 2008 22:05 UTC in reply to "Not news"
trembovetski
Member since:
2006-09-30

In SCA (Sun Contributor Agreement, required for contributing to OpenJDK and OpenSolaris) there's no "copyright assignment". There's copyright sharing, which is done by many other open source projects. You still retain your rights, but you share them with Sun.

Also, people who worked on free Java implementations don't seem to have any problems with signing the SCA to work on Openjdk.

Dmitri

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RE[2]: Not news
by sakeniwefu on Wed 30th Jul 2008 01:43 in reply to "RE: Not news"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

But it still means the code is GPL for everyone but Sun who can still release closed source versions without contributing the killer features back. If they used the BSD license everyone would have the same rights. In this case Sun has more rights than the other authors and users. I think it is clear they are abusing the community. Also, an OpenOffice branch that didn't have to be constantly pimping Java would probably be superior.

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RE[3]: Not news
by robilad on Wed 30th Jul 2008 02:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Not news"
robilad Member since:
2006-01-02

If releasing 5 million lines of code under the GPL as part of OpenJDK is 'abusing the community', then I'd love to be 'abused' more often by more companies. ;)

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