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From Mathias Röllig <>
Subject Re: Community building: give our User a chance to contribute!
Date Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:38:33 GMT
> I am puzzled a little bit about the idea of "loyalty to the original"
> OpenOffice.
> 1. The original was operated by a proprietary company,
> although the code was made available as open-source.  But ownership
> was held by Sun Microsystems for their proprietary purposes.  There
> was great value to, but not so much because it was
> open-source.  I think key benefits were support for ODF format,
> multiple-platform support, and degree of support for Microsoft
> formats.  There was no open-source governance in this arrangement.
> When LibreOffice forked that code, as the license allowed, some were
> unhappy in any case.
> 2. When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, became their
> property in the same manner as at Sun.
> 3. When Oracle concluded that continuation of was not
> in their interests, they chose to grant the ASF a license to use the
> code base and to provide it under a license of the ASF's choosing
> (always Apache License of course).  This is how Apache OpenOffice
> arose.  AOO became Apache Project after being in Apache Incubator.
> People interested in supporting signed-up to
> contribute to the incubator and some formed the original Project
> Management Committee for AOO.  AOO has always been an Apache
> Project.
> What "original OpenOffice" is thought of here?

The „original“ was StarOffice. And yes, you described right the way of 
the „original“ OpenOffice – as I understand it as a user (with many 
contacts to StarDivision/Sun/Oracle) using StarOffice/OpenOffice for 
over 20 years.

Regards, Mathias

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