Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 20:24 UTC, submitted by Governa
Oracle and SUN When Oracle announced its intentions to buy Sun Microsystems, many were worried about the future of Sun's large open source software portfolio, which includes things like Solaris, Java, MySQL, and more. It seems like Oracle is still struggling with what to do with the large body of products Sun entails; they've started charging 90 USD per user for the Microsoft Office ODF plugin.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Probably a move to encourage people/companies to install OpenOffice instead of a plug-in to access ODF files.

They certainly aren't looking to make a business out of selling $90 plug-ins that have a minimum 100 license purchase.

At some point Larry will expect big corps to start paying for OpenOffice. He's not going to run it as a charity or even as a long play against Microsoft. If big corps are saving money by using it then he'll expect a cut.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

At some point Larry will expect big corps to start paying for OpenOffice.


Unlike the Sun ODF plugin, OpenOffice.org IS open source.

http://lwn.net/Articles/272202/

http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/44947-how-suite-the...

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

OpenOffice is mostly an in-house project with few community developers which means Oracle could direct those resources to their commercial version and any community fork would stagnate in comparison.

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jboss1995 Member since:
2007-05-02

Cant MS just write the plugin them self since it is open source on openoffice?

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jboss1995 Member since:
2007-05-02

OIC. so if you use openoffice you don't have to pay.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

OIC. so if you use openoffice you don't have to pay.


I'm not following you.

Why would anyone pay for a "Sun ODF plugin for Microsoft Office" if they actually used OpenOffice?

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