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


Hello Pedro,

I understand your question in a different way. No one can prohibit a gpl software to be sold andno 
one can prohibit it to its downstream distributor. But it looks like this software is licensed 
under a CC licence, non commercial, BY and SA, which does make its open source nature problematic 
and not GPL. 

As for ODF the Oasis is in charge of developing it but the promotion campaigns are supposed to be 
shared by various groups and various implementors. TDF is however not responsible for OX'own 
wording.


Tony Pursell <ajp@princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk> a écrit :

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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