[ubuntu-uk] LibreOffice vs OpenOffice

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Sat Feb 19 13:16:14 UTC 2011

On 19 February 2011 07:00, mac <ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On 19/02/2011 06:05, Hassan "Haz" Williamson wrote:
>> @Mac, Thanks for that. Interesting read. Personally I'm going where the
>> developers are, I have a feeling that Oracle might try to swing things to
>> their favour and might close down some aspects of OOo - either that or try
>> to incorporate their own proprietary database system in somehow. I could
>> be
>> wrong, but that's just my opinion of it.
> Yes, you'd expect Oracle to want to make money - it's what they do - and
> that means only giving (some) things to people who pay.  So they're bound to
> look for ways of doing that with stuff that Sun used to give away for
> nothing.

I don't think that interaction with the Oracle RDBMS would necessarily be a
bad move, or MySQL which - of course - is also now Oracle's.

Having worked with Oracle for 22 years I think I perhaps have less distrust
of Larry Ellison's company than some - let's face it, Sun Microsystems were
no less corporate than Oracle yet nobody seemed to have the issues with them
they do now that Oracle owns the code.  I recall in 1989 actually being
credited for a feature in Oracle 6, the company used to regularly solicit
suggestions from companies using their tools.

Sun wasn't any more "not for profit" than Oracle is.  I'm trying to think
what our Solaris servers cost back in 1993... I think for 4 workstations and
a server it was somewhere around £500,000.

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