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Sun refuses LGPL code for Openoffice; Novell forks

TRS-80 (15569) writes | more than 6 years ago

Novell 1

TRS-80 (15569) writes "Kohei Yoshida wrote a long post on the history of Calc Solver, an optimization solver module for the Calc component of OpenOffice.org. After three years of jumping through Sun's hoops on his own time, Sun says it will duplicate the work because Kohei doesn't want to sign over ownership of the code. Adding insult to injury, Sun then invites him join this duplication. Because of Sun's refusal to accept LPGL extensions in the upstream code, Michael Meeks (who recently talked about Sun's OO.o community failings, and ODF and OOXML) has announced ooo-build (previously just for build fixes) is now a formal fork of OpenOffice to be located at http://go-oo.org/. Will Sun admit it's being a control freak or continue with pointless duplication?"
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Why sign over ownership... (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 6 years ago | (#20834589)

Why do Sun demand that ownership is signed over, can't they just accept dual licensing - that is you license it under the LGPL and license it to Sun under other terms (eg BSD) so they can reuse it in staroffice.
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