> Regardless of the details of conformance tests or whatever (and the MySQL example was just
silly), the code is Free Software now, and more than anything else, the code matters.
Sure, the code is paramount, but I think the article makes a good point about the community
around the code being almost equally important. If OpenOffice is 'taken away from us', then
sure, we can continue to develop it - assuming we can find among us motivated individuals. My
concern is that it will be far easier to find people eager to start yet another office suite
rather than continue work on OO.
The FOSS community is pretty dependent upon some FOSS-but-commercially-developed projects,
like OpenOffice and Qt. It makes sense to speculate about what might happen if that
development should cease or something close to that.
That said, I do feel some unease in speculating about such things, in that it might offend the
relevant corporate entity, here, Sun. Sun deserves our thanks, not our offenses, although
still, we must be prepared for the worst.