Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
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So far Sun should be credited with having been extremely reasonable in regard of the license. In the future for instance, OpenOffice.org can switch to the (L)GPL version 3 quite easily. That could not happen without Sun's joint ownership, but for that matter, Michael Meeks' reaction was less than warm.This is easy to rebut; here's what Novell says about the GPLv3. I'm happy for OO.o to move to the LGPLv3 as/when/if Sun decides to do that (but ultimately it's only Sun's decision). As I said in my first post, I'm personally a fan of the LGPL for OO.o, my concern is that there should not be one company that doesn't have to accept the terms of the license. Also, a lovely excluded middle: of course, it's possible to re-license without Sun owning everything - there are at several solutions: eg. ownership by a foundation, or using the "LGPLv2.1 or later" language of the LGPL.
Novell ... is also developing an OpenXML export filter that won't be available in OpenOffice.org that is, if you choose to use OpenOffice.org and not "Open Office, Novell Edition". And since these export filters are supposedly developed in collaboration with Microsoft, this technology would logically include Microsoft's sacred intellectual property that Sun and many others don't want to see covered by the JCA.Simply stunning, he knows of an effort going on in secret inside my team that I'm unaware of myself ! - more details much appreciated. Categorically, as of now, this is false; we're not actively working on native export filters to match the import filter. Furthermore my concerns wrt. Sun's ownership should be transparently free-standing, and are emphatically unrelated to Microsoft, in any way, whatsoever. It is also interesting to remember that Sun also has several well known agreements with Microsoft, around OO.o (or StarOffice). As for knowingly injecting other people's IP into OO.o that is a pretty repulsive accusation, and one rebutted before.
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