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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: OpenOffice & LibreOffice
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:29:04 GMT
As a type O-positive human, I think the metaphor works quite well.

I can donate blood that is compatible with folks that I can't receive blood from.  In fact,
I can only receive blood of another O-type individual (positive or negative).  Yet my blood
is compatible with that of all  *-positive individuals (* = A, B, AB).   I donate regularly
(every 8-10 weeks or so), willingly and without need for compensation.

I didn't get to choose my blood type.  But I can choose to be an ALv2 contributor and know
that, technically, there is no one unable to use that contribution if they are able to use
any at all.  I can also continue to contribute to LibreOffice, although it is unlikely that
I will ever contribute code there.  That's like donating at a blood bank that only transfuses
a single non-O type.  Likewise, I do not read code having non-permissive licenses if I can
avoid it.  It is toxic for me (metaphorically and for practical reasons).

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Curtis [] 
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 16:04
Subject: Re: OpenOffice & LibreOffice

On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 3:50 PM, Joe Schaefer <> wrote:
> We are a type-O org.  Anyone can take our blood and mix it with their own.
> That "universal donor" condition places lots of restrictions on our 
> projects, but somehow they manage to release useful software.

It is an interesting analogy, but seems not accurate because you can't mix with anything but
type-O. The Linux kernel seems more of a type-O because it accepts both kinds of licenses.


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