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Re: [tdf-discuss] Open source and open formats


Hi Pedro

On 23 March 2013 09:48, Pedro <pedlino@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all

In the sequence of this topic at the Marketing list

http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Open-Xchange-to-launch-open-source-browser-based-office-suite-tp4045197.html

I share Simon Phipps' concern that the company announces a GPL Open Source
office suite which is not free for commercial use???

Is this even possible under GPL?
This just spreads further confusion on how free Open Source software really
is...

Another sentence that worries me is "Microsoft Word .docx files and
OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice .odt files"

This is bad marketing and bad public image that ODT seems to be proprietary
of OpenOffice and LibreOffice. And yet I don't see any concerns about this
in the topic commenting the news article.

Shouldn't TDF be championing the ODF open formats or is this an OASIS job?


Nothing in the GPL licence, or, as far as I know, any other Open Source
licence, prevents someone from charging for the supply of an Open Source
product.  Many Open Source products are, of course, available free of
charge, but there can be many circumstances where a charge needs to be made
for the delivery of a product to the customer, or for supporting the
customer's use of a product and these would seem to be what Open-Xchange
are charging for.

Tony

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