Re: Availability of source code (Was: Re: OFF TOPIC about GPL enforcement (Was: Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice))
From: Simos Xenitellis [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 17:44
Subject: Re: Availability of source code (Was: Re: OFF TOPIC about GPL enforcement (Was: Re:
[tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice))
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 2:50 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton
I didn't say I didn't know how to do it. I didn't say I wanted to build it. This is about
honoring the spirit of the free software promise. It is not even about building the code.
People may want to do any number of things with the source code (inspect for bugs, for example).
To honour the "spirit" of the free software promise, it should be more
than adequate to grab the git repositories. Ask me if you want more
details for this.
To honour the "letter" of the free software promise, then you do need
those 3.3.2 tarballs.
A quick look at the TDF download website shows that it currently
covers the latest versions (due to space?), 3.3.3 for the 3.3 line,
and 3.4.0 for the 3.4 line.
Digging a bit deeper shows this
2.8GB DVD ISO which I believe has the source code.
People who actually want to do things with the source code would need
to use the git repositories, as it shows the changes between different
You can also view online your 3.3.2 branch at
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 4:16 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton
I consider the spirit to always go beyond the letter.
The spirit does go well beyond the letter.
The spirit of the free software promise wants to enable you to
actually work on the source code,
compile it, make your private enhancements and possibly submit those
modifications back to the community.
And there is no better way to do this than have the 'git repositories'
of the LibreOffice source code.
Ideally, the 'git repositories' should be what everyone gets, rather
than a source code snapshot that has no source change history.
Admittedly, the 'git repositories' are about 1.2GB, but once you have
a local copy, you can use frequently 'git pull' to update them with
any upstream changes.
Do you want to switch the repository view to the 3.3.2 version? Simply
run the command
git checkout --track origin/libreoffice-3-3-2
Having a source code snapshot (tarball) is probably not much useful
compared to what you get with using the repositories,
A. Because it breaks the logical sequence of discussion
Q. Why is top posting bad?
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