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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: Upstream/Downstream (was OpenOffice & LibreOffice)
Date Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:14:33 GMT

On Jun 7, 2011, at 11:51 PM, Norbert Thiebaud wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:43 PM, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> [...] their downstream code cannot be used.  Hence, the best outcome
> under the current licensing regime is for all core development to be
> done here, and for TDF to be a downstream consumer.
> Just because you choose a particular license that does not make you
> de-facto 'upstream'.

Water flows downstream because gravity "pulls" things down and
so water takes the path of least resistance in that direction.

The path of least resistance in code in from an AL-type license
to a GPL-type one... the reverse is not. If your upstream
is AL, your feeds can be AL, LGPL, GPL, etc... If your
upstream is GPL, your downstream can only be GPL (you have
access to much fewer feeds).

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