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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: Apache replacement
Date Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:14:50 GMT
donaldupre . wrote:
> What does it take to buy back OpenOffice from Apache?
> I'm sure there are commercial entities that will be happy to develop it.

Those entities can ask their employees to contribute to OpenOffice, and 
help shape the project with their contributions. This addresses all 
items in your list (then some of them are debatable, but I'm not going 
to discuss them in detail).

The license allows companies to create derivative products and choose 
distribution terms for those, as Damjan noted. The trademark policy 
regulates how a company can use the "OpenOffice" trademark in 
derivatives. All information you need is available on, or from, the website.

I'll just note that none of the actions you list is incompatible with 
Apache: the company contributes their employees' time to the project and 
profits by selling support, or additional services, or customized 
versions. This is very common and successful in other Apache projects. 
If you have contacts with interested companies, just ask them to come to 
this list and start contributing!


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