Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:56 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Features, Office "A group of key OpenOffice.org contributors and community members recently decided to fork the project and establish The Document Foundation in order to drive forward community-driven development of the open source office suite. Oracle has responded to the move by asking several members of TDF to step down from their positions as representatives on the OOo community council."
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Kebabbert
Member since:
2007-07-27

You don't seem to understand the politics behind this fork.

Currently, if you wish to contribute to OpenOffice.org, you must sign a copyright waiver that gives Oracle (formerly Sun) ownership of your contribution and the right to do with it as they please. This is a massive barrier to contributing.

Lots of companies involved in Open Source do this. Just the top of my head, SuSE also forces you to sign a copyright waiver.

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

"Lots of companies involved in Open Source do this. Just the top of my head, SuSE also forces you to sign a copyright waiver."

Reference needed.

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Kebabbert Member since:
2007-07-27

"Lots of companies involved in Open Source do this. Just the top of my head, SuSE also forces you to sign a copyright waiver."

Reference needed.

I can not find the link now, but I saw the link long time ago, when there was talk about Sun forcing OpenOffice developers to sign this.

Anyone have the link?

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Lots of companies involved in Open Source do this. Just the top of my head, SuSE also forces you to sign a copyright waiver.

Suse doesn't for anything because they don't control many of the projects they put into their distribution, but Novell does for things like Mono.

Saying that other projects do it doesn't make it acceptable nor does it not make it a hindrance to contributing as they say.

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