OpenOffice.org releases 3.0, faces new challenges
Posted Oct 16, 2008 10:59 UTC (Thu) by epa
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Sun has been pretty clear about its support for openjdk. MS has not on mono.
But since when did it require a company to be 'clear' about its 'support' for any free software project? Did the Unix copyright holders express support for the GNU project? Indeed, even if some company that has a tangential relation to the code is actively hostile, we still confidently assert that independent implementations are free software and can be used and shared freely. Are the same people who fiercely defended Linux against Caldera-SCO FUD and vague 'intellectual property' accusations now actively making those same accusations against Mono, with about as much basis in fact?
As I understand it, Microsoft has promised not to assert software patents against the core standardized part of .NET / Mono. (And they have a cross-licensing deal with Sun, just as with Novell, so Java is pretty safe too.) But really, if you are worried about patents, it's not so much Microsoft you should be afraid of as a random patent troll outfit that doesn't have ceasefire agreements in place and has nothing to lose.
In general I don't like the idea of pre-emptively cringing in the face of some self-generated FUD. If anyone believes there is a legal minefield, let him come out and state concretely what the problem is, so it can be worked around. This is just the same as ignoring the 'two hundred patents' or whatever nonsense it was that the Linux kernel is supposed to implement.
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