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

On 01/01/2013 08:19 PM, Pedro wrote:
Immanuel Giulea wrote
the GPL/LGPL licence used by LO was superior to the ASL as a "true open

Any thoughts on how relevant it would be to extract some of the
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...

Depends on your intent. The advantage to GPL is that your force anything done with the product to be also available. The disadvantage is (ironically) also the advantage. I have written some of my own code to avoid a particular license and how it will affect the code that I produce. If you write software that you sell, it is certainly more difficult to use GPL and integrate anything from it with your product.

I would say that neither is superior and that there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Most of the code that I release, I dump into the public domain.

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

and much more coming for the 4.0 release ;)

Hope this helps...


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