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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: OO/LO License
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 23:49:17 GMT
Hi Andrew,

I'm not talking about private bilateral arrangements between Sun/Oracle as the copyright holder
and other entities.  I am talking only about the distributions and code that are made available
to the public and other developers via  There the only license offered is
LGPL (not counting third-party components included in the distribution and not subject to
the Sun copyright nor the license).

Also, I assume that other licensing arrangements that have not expired or hit a tripwire by
virtue of Oracle making the AFL 2.0 licensing to Apache will continue to be in force, though
not for any updates provided at Apache (or LibreOffice, for that matter).  

Finally, I am not objecting to the AFL 2.0 licensing in any way.  I welcome it.  I think bringing
OpenOffice to Apache is a great idea.

I just wanted to get the facts straight with regard to some comments to the effect that LibreOffice
is available under LGPL3+, MPL, and the GPL.  It is just LGPL3[+] although GPL provisions
are there by reference.  (As far as I can tell, it is those provisions that require inclusion
of information on how to obtain the source code for a distribution and both
and LibreOffice are careless about that.)

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Rist [] 
Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 15:50
Subject: Re: OO/LO License

On 6/4/2011 11:58 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> Just to un-muddy the waters a little, it should be clear that all 
> distributions of and LibreOffice are under the LGPL3.  
> It is also the case that contributors of code to LibreOffice are 
> required to affirm that their contributions are under LGPLv3+/MPL

The code was used under multiple licenses.  While it may be true that LGPL was the only Open
Source license, it was not in fact the only license.
The choice of ALv2 going forward would ensure continuity for all constituencies under a single
well accepted open source license, with all parties on equal footing.

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