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[News] Oracle and OpenOffice.org in Debate About Proprietary Extensions

  • Subject: [News] Oracle and OpenOffice.org in Debate About Proprietary Extensions
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 01:27:45 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Beware of Proprietary Drift

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| The Free Software Foundation (FSF) 
| announced yesterday a campaign to collect a 
| clear list of OpenOffice.Org extensions 
| that are FaiF, to convince the OO.o 
| Community Council to list only FaiF 
| extensions, and to find those extensions 
| that are proprietary software, so that OO.o 
| extension developers can focus of their 
| efforts on writing replacements under a 
| software-freedom-respecting license.


FSF launches site for free OpenOffice extensions

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| The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has 
| announced that it will maintain a list of 
| free software extensions for the 
| OpenOffice.org open source office suite. 
| Discussing the announcement, FSF executive 
| director Peter Brown said, "OpenOffice.org 
| is free software, and an important 
| contribution to the free software 
| community. However, the program offers the 
| user a library of extensions, and some of 
| them are proprietary. Distributing 
| OpenOffice.org in the usual way has the 
| effect of offering users the non-free 
| extensions too."
| [...]
| The OpenOffice.org Community Council has 
| since responded to the FSF, saying that 
| they "believe passionately that FOSS 
| delivers better software â including 
| extensions, but that users must be free to 
| make the comparison and reach their own 
| conclusion," adding that, the council 
| "regrets that the FSF was unable to accept 
| our compromise proposals for a more clearly 
| signposted extensions repository."


Much ado about nothing

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| When I was freshly elected at the 
| OpenOffice.orgâs Community Council the Free 
| Software Foundation approached us with a 
| question related to our extensions web 
| site. Basically they felt that we should 
| not be hosting non Free Software extensions 
| and requested we take those down otherwise 
| they would open their own extensions site.



9 More OpenOffice Extensions

,----[ Quote ]
| Moving all of your apps and information in
| the cloud has been adopted by a great
| number of people. However, there are also a
| large number who still prefer having a
| desktop application.

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