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[tdf-discuss] Re: LO vs AOO : GPL/LGPL vs ASL licences


Immanuel Giulea wrote
the GPL/LGPL licence used by LO was superior to the ASL as a "true open
source".

Any thoughts on how relevant it would be to extract some of the
information
and apply it on the materials?

Actually it's the other way around. The ASL is superior in it's "openness".
That is why LO can use code from AOO but not the other way around. My
personal understanding is that the ASL allows any commercial company to take
the code at any point and start a new product without any legal obligation
to return any improvements to the community...

In any case that is just confusing and irrelevant for users.

The main difference is that OpenOffice development stopped for a year and
that Apache is slowly developing AOO . TDF adopted a time based release
model (similar to Ubuntu) and started a fast pace evolution of LibreOffice.

Currently the evolution of LO is such that adopting AOO is going back in
time. See these pages for the most obvious differences

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/3-5-new-features-and-fixes/
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/3-6-new-features-and-fixes/

and much more coming for the 4.0 release ;)

Hope this helps...

Cheers,
Pedro



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