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On Jan 12, 2011, at 11:38 AM, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:

Lots of apps available can be found for free. the cost of the app is up to the developer if s/he 
want to put it up for free. I think LO could be a model example to other OSS projects that this 
is an opportunity for them to increase their following.

I agree. In fact, this may be one of those moments where a relatively small amount of effort can 
lead to a major shift--a "tipping point" in Malcolm Gladwell's theory. If LibO appears in the OS X 
app store soon, it will be exposed to a vast new pool of potential users that may not have known of 
our existence before. The opportunity is huge, and I hope we can find the legal and technical means 
to fully embrace it.


On 01/12/2011 05:35 PM, Larry Gusaas wrote:

On 2011/01/12 8:49 AM  Mirek M. wrote:
2011/1/12 Jonathan Aquilina<>

 Why not license it under an appropriate license that would allow us to put
 it in the app store? would that mean we would need to remove the GPL or can
 it be dual licensed to go on the app store?
I'm no expert, but as I understand it, LibreOffice is licensed under the
LGPL, which should allow it to be used with DRM (whereas VLC was GPL).
In order for LibreOffice to change its license, it would need to get an OK
from all its contributors, including Oracle, which is not too likely to
happen IMHO. But I don't think that's necessary in this case.

There is no DRM used on the Mac OS X App Store. There is DRM on the Apple iOS AppStore. They are 
two separate entities. The FSF objections are to the DRM on the iOS AppStore and do not apply to 
the OS X App Store. Of course, the FSF objects to Apple and any other company that does not give 
away their software for free.


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