Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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Oracle's getting a bum rap on this one...
by benali72 on Wed 20th Apr 2011 04:08 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Most articles I see on this topic are like this one -- they blame Oracle Corp for this fiasco.

But in fact, OO developers fled Oracle and started the Document Foundation before there was any actual evidence to show how Oracle was going to treat the OO project.

The Doc Foundation people jumped the gun, based on their perceptions of Oracle Corp's reputation, rather than actual facts.

This could have turned out very differently if Oracle Corp had been given adequate time to digest its acquisitions resulting from the Sun purchase.

Oracle Corp's only fault was in focusing on completing the acquisition, rather than instantly rolling out complete software strategies to satisfy the FOSS community.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Most articles I see on this topic are like this one -- they blame Oracle Corp for this fiasco. But in fact, OO developers fled Oracle and started the Document Foundation before there was any actual evidence to show how Oracle was going to treat the OO project. The Doc Foundation people jumped the gun, based on their perceptions of Oracle Corp's reputation, rather than actual facts. This could have turned out very differently if Oracle Corp had been given adequate time to digest its acquisitions resulting from the Sun purchase. Oracle Corp's only fault was in focusing on completing the acquisition, rather than instantly rolling out complete software strategies to satisfy the FOSS community.


Oracle gave the first indications of the direction they intended to go with OpenOffice and ODF when they announced a whopping fee for the ODF plugin for MS Office:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-20002921-16.html

IMO Oracle made their strategy concerning open source software perfectly and utterly clear when Oracle sued Google.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/08/oracle-sues-google-...

Oracle sued Google over header files which aren't protectable by copyright anyway.

Oracle sued Google even though both are members of the OIN
http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/licensees.php
and hence each has promised not to sue the other over FOSS ... Oracle used the excuse that Java isn't Linux.

Guess what, Oracle? ... Dalvik isn't Java.

What is happening now to Oracle is a clear case of karma IMO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma

Edited 2011-04-20 04:34 UTC

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saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

Actually Oracle initiated the lawsuit over patents, not copyrights (although apparently Google did change the copyright on a decompiled Java file from Sun, woops!).

The patent-quibble is over the implementation issues in the VMs, not Java itself.

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