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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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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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


OpenOffice.org is licensed LGPL v3.

http://www.openoffice.org/license.html
http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/lgpl_license.html

This means that no matter what Oracle try to do with OpenOffice.org, they must release future versions as open source (because future versions will be based on the current source code, which is licesnsed under a strong copyleft license).

Ergo, community forks of openOffice cannot be made to stagnate, as they will have full access to whatever code changes Oracle may make (to OpenOffice itself) in the future.

Further, products such as IBM's Lotus Symphony are hardly "community forks" anyway.

Any extra closed functionality that Oracle introduce exclusively to StarOffice are already replicated elsewhere, such as OxygenOffice (for things like extra templates) and Go-OO (for things like macro compatibility with VBA).

Edited 2010-04-21 02:14 UTC

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

go-oo.org
The community version has been better than Sun's distribution for quite some time

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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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