Michael Meeks on Sun and OpenOffice.org

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Michael Meeks hacks on OpenOffice.org (and other code) for Novell. While very few people question Sun’s generosity in purchasing Star Office and subsequently opening the code, there have been persistent questions regarding the community management of the project. Michael’s work log for 02 October 2007 highlights what appears to be lopsided behavior from Sun. In particular:

If OpenOffice was blessed (like other more sensibly structured projects) with a large, diverse and healthy developer-base, then perhaps we could expect to go around rejecting big chunks of code, offending developers and driving away potential contributors. To do this solely in order for Sun to retain total ownership of the code-base (and even loosely coupled components) - seems rather a betrayal of it’s self-appointed stewardship role wrt. OO.o code ownership (under the JCA).

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