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Worried about Oracle? New OpenOffice fork supported by Red Hat, Google, Novell, FSF...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Walter, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

  2. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

  3. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

  4. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    Will OpenOffice not be free in the future? Has that been documented somewhere? I use it, but haven't checked into any of the news on it.
  5. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    openoffice is opensource. so it cannot be turned into a paid offering.

    but oracle is not trustworthy. so it is not clear what they are planning to do with it.
  6. mlx

    mlx Well-Known Member

    For Oracle it might be perfectly legal to turn it into such a paid offer, wouldn't it?

    But I guess that's exactly the point of the fork, to keep it free.
  7. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    they cannot turn the software itself into a paid product. just like linux cannot be sold.

    what they can do is slow down the development of the open source model by reducing the resources and so on.

    they probably might also be able to stop the official branch and make it a bundle only offering where you can get the software for free but you need to pay for support. (i guess).

    they have done something similar with opensolaris i believe.
  8. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

  9. chousho

    chousho Well-Known Member

    Actually that isn't completely true.

    Open Source software can be sold. It is allowable under the GPL. This is where the 2 different terms for "free" come in.

    GPL code is free as in freedom (libre). "Open Source", however is usually thought of as free as in beer (gratis).
    Thus, something created under the GPL can be sold for a profit. However you must provide the source code, or a means to obtaining the source code. You also hold no rights to tell the people you sell it to that they can not modify, alter, or redistribute the code to anyone else.

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  10. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    well yeah. red hat technically sells linux.

    the point is. they cannot lock out third party services from offering openoffice or mysql for free.
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Meh, I still use TextMate for 90% of writing, and Pages for making the .pdf files with markup. And personally I don't need anything else.
  12. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    So another court case in the offering like Sco v IBM, where surprisingly IBM were supporting the linux world.

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