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On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 21:03 +0000, Caolán McNamara wrote:

As far as I know, GNOME, KDE, Linux kernel and the GIMP along with
masses of the little projects that makes everything work, typically get
along fine without copyright assignment, though some have quirks like
optional copyright assignment.

A basic principle is don't put in any barriers to take up unless they
are really, really, really essential.

That principle applies to software to end-users AND to developers AND to
other volunteers. Even getting access to contribute to the OOo web site
was a complicated pain and I gave up on it about 5 or 6 years ago. 

If we want community volunteers make it as easy as possible to
participate, if we want a lot of users of the software make it easy for
them to take it up - eg get it on as many future devices as the default
as possible.

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