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Re: [SLUG] Which open source license is best
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Which open source license is best
- From: Ken Foskey <foskey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 20:19:22 +1000
On Mon, 2004-06-07 at 11:26, Harald Richard Ashburner wrote:
> On the Sun side do I interepret incorrectly or is ther the 'possibility'
> of say Sun, or someone to whom Sun might sell their copyright in the
> future, incorporating a bunch of stuff into StarOffice (with no space in
> the title, thanks Jeff :) on top of your code, and not release it to
> OOo? Is that right?
Yes that is exactly what I am saying.
> Is that any sort of concern?
a) It is their work and we have the source base to simply re-implement
it, if we choose to.
b) Do you trust the other party?
c) Do you, as a person spending your time, care? If this is not
acceptable then there are some really cool projects out there. gnumeric
being one of them.
> Or do you consider this
> risk negligible or completely worth running due to the goodness of the
> OOo package as opposed to say abiword?
I support OOo due to extreme cross platform. OOo will open the door for
all FOSS by installing on Windows and simply working.
> As a disclaimer I'm
> involved in the extreme perifery of Gnumeric which is a thing of beauty
> and a joy forever and I love it, but I also love OOo. (I use oowriter
> myself, so a big THANKS! BTW.)
I use gnumeric because it is fast to open spreadsheets from scratch.
By the way I hope in the future to merge some underlying libraries for
ALL FOSS word processors/ spreadsheets / etc. It is pointless each of
us writing and debugging separate versions of import for legacy
Microsoft for instance.
PS: I believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Clause because I would not
have Linux otherwise... Ask Linus.