Moving to a weaker licence
Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:21 UTC (Tue) by coriordan
Parent article: Schulz: The meaning of the 4.0
LibreOffice is switching to MPL2?
Below is the explanation from their wiki page. I don't know enough to judge if this is a good idea. Anyone else?
An unfortunate tactical reality of the Microsoft / Windows ecosystem is that 'Office' is often percived to be an omnipresent, free component of that environment. As such, ISVs build proprietary applications around those tools, which become tangled into business' processes, and appear to pay no price. At the present time we judge it is hard to replace these with a strong copy-left. Some trivial examples might be the integration of proprietary E-mail systems into our mail-merge, or perhaps linking to various databases.
(They mention a choice of licences, but distributors can only be required to obey the weakest of the licences, so this is basically relicensing the codebase to MPL2.)
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