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Posted Mar 14, 2012 15:26 UTC (Wed) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
Posted Mar 14, 2012 15:41 UTC (Wed) by slashdot (guest, #22014)
No idea what they gain from doing so though.
Posted Mar 14, 2012 16:39 UTC (Wed) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
Permissively licensed software from which IBM can base their proprietary Symphony suite, reducing costs by "externalising" development to the community. Of course, that presumes a reason for the community to work on the project, which seems lacking.
I think back in the Sun days IBM would pay Sun great sums to get a license to include the code in their proprietary product (hence the copyright assignment requirement.) Nowadays they can't do that, and as Oracle has little interest in the project (and a lot fewer people would assign copyright to them anyway), hence this thing.
That's my understanding, anyway.
Posted Mar 15, 2012 14:16 UTC (Thu) by slashdot (guest, #22014)
Or just use LibreOffice for free instead, which is likely to have similar or better features than the IBM product, and on Linux it's likely already instaled.
And if it's because of integration with other IBM proprietary stuff, then surely IBM could just ship LibreOffice and add the price of Symphony to the price of their other stuff; this way, they also get all the work on LibreOffice for free.
Oh, and LibreOffice is LGPL, so they can use it as a module in proprietary software just fine.
I really don't see the business model there.
Posted Mar 22, 2012 1:27 UTC (Thu) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955)
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