I am quite baffled as to the level of bad temper in this thread. Rob has been far more patient than I can understand continually replying to the same questions again and again.
The original article started the ball rolling with factually incorrect statements about Apache keeping stuff secret in branches (where the entire svn tree is in fact public, including the branches). And then posters continued to pound the same tired rhetoric again and again:
1. Apache should prioritise the review the legal state of the donation, so that it can be released under an Apache license as soon as possible.
2. Whether Apache contributors are working hard on merging the appropriate parts of the donation with OpenOffice is irrelevant, their first responsibility should be to provide a legal vetting service and release the code under an Apache license to the LibreOffice project (and others, but we all know there aren't any others). Merging code back into OpenOffice can take second priority to this.
3. Because the project is instead working on merging code to their own plan, then Apache must be secretive or malicious or something else quite sinister.
Have a got this about right?
It is perfectly clear to everyone here that the code has been donated by IBM. That some parts of it might still have license issues and Apache cannot currently make a blanket statement that it is all guaranteed to end up under ALv2. Not without quite a lot of work to check it all.
Do you think that all that is needed is Rob single handedly putting a note on the website to say "We release all this under the ALv2" and that he is not doing this to spite you all? The entire Apache Foundation NEVER releases anything under the ALv2 license unless it goes through the proper processes, is verified (quality/code/etc) and is voted on. This forms the core of the Foundation's reputation.
If this code is terribly valuable to LibreOffice, perhaps some volunteers from that project could step forward to help merge it into OpenOffice and where it will easily travel downstream to LibreOffice.
I've only come into this thread when the paywall was lifted, but it isn't the typical quality of conversation I've come to expect on LWN.