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[tdf-discuss] Two questions about course of LO


Got a couple of questions.

(1) I heard that OpenOffice is restricted from re-using code from
LibreOffice because Oracle insists on broader licenses than LO developers
are willing to give, but the reverse is not true. So, from this aspect LO
can only get stronger while OOo stagnates. Is this accurate?

(2) According to what I've read so far, most of the work to create and
maintain OpenOffice was done by a team of developers originally working for
StarOffice, later bought by Sun, in turn bought by Oracle. Outside
volunteers working without pay contributed only a small portion of the code.

Other companies, notably Novell, are said to be stepping in for LO. Will
they dedicate comparable resources to maintaining and expanding LO as
StarOffice/Sun/Oracle did for OO? If not, will volunteers (enthusiastic
about being free of Oracle) be picking up the slack for LO, or is it too
early to tell?

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