Chris Jones christopher.rob.jones at
Sat Feb 20 22:56:26 UTC 2010

On 20 Feb 2010, at 9:58pm, Dotan Cohen wrote:

>> I'm always a little wary of anything that takes something else, and adds "better X,Y and Z". Even if they have, and I'm not arguing that, I always wonder why they didn't just submit their improvements to the original work.... Maybe I'm just too suspicious, if ubuntu is using it it must have some merit...
> That is because of Sun's insistence of retaining copyright on all
> committed code. Thus, code that Joe Hacker submits to OOo with the
> intention of improving that great GPL application could be used in
> Star Office (Sun's proprietary OOo version) with no mention nor thanks
> to Joe, and the code might never be incorporated in OOo as well.

Fair point ..
> Most of the big Linux distros, *buntu included, use the Go-oo code.

Didn't realise that. Must, say, ubuntu doesn't exactly go out of its way to promote the go-oo version - Its still referred to as OO, so I suspect most people like me know no better....


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