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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:01:50 GMT
On 6/1/2011 1:16 PM, dsh wrote:
> To me the proof point whether this proposal will be successful or not
> is whether Linux distributions having already dropped support for
> OpenOffice and switched to LibreOffice instead would be willing to
> reverse that decision and move back to OpenOffice again now that it is
> in a process to be proposed to become an Apache incubator project.

That isn't particularly an issue.

As LibreOffice has pointed out, they are free to adopt improvements to
any Apache Licensed OO.  The net result is all of the best of both code
bases.  Similar successful projects exist.

What is a more serious question, how many bug fixes would go into
LibreOffice without being offered to the ASF under the AL?  LO has no
copyright assignment, so the principals of LO don't have the flexibility
to offer these to the ASF, it is contributor-by-contributor.  Each fix
would be independently authored, and ultimately the two code bases end
up too disjoint to maintain with one another.

I am further interested to know which LibreOffice contributors see the
benefit of having the base, or at least some of the components, under
the more permissive ALv2 in order to propagate the standards desired
by LibreOffice.  Software at the ASF has enjoyed very broad adoption
in large part because it promotes the widest possible consumption.

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