Linked by Adam S on Mon 26th Sep 2005 20:31 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today, I had the opportunity to speak with Iyer Venkatesan, Product line manager for StarOffice at Sun Microsystems. He spoke to me at length about StarOffice 8, which will be released tomorrow. Read on for a summary of the interview, and be sure to check out the review at Newsforge as well.
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Just to cull the confusion..
by on Tue 27th Sep 2005 07:52 UTC

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Free software(aka Open source software) is not about giving software away for free.
Software development costs money. Somebody has to pay the programmers.
Sun employs alot of people to work on open office. If they didn't make money from selling Sun Office then openoffice would probably not be in the functional state that it is.
Although I think the licencing of Sun office is unethical.
- Jessta

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RE: Just to cull the confusion..
by on Tue 27th Sep 2005 09:06 in reply to "Just to cull the confusion.."
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> Although I think the licencing of Sun office is unethical.

Errrm, ¿you mean the GPL?

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John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually Free Software isn't known as Open Source software at all.

Open Source is about the techincal and economical superiority in the development model. This is what ESR oulines in the Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Free Software is about the moral and ethical right to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. This is why FSF created the GPL and GNU to promote it. Notice dependency there, GNU was created to promote GPL not the other way around.

Two completely diffrent beasts.

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