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Matteo Azzali
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:23 pm    Post subject: Openoffice fork from Novell, someone understood clearly? Reply with quote

For who didn't noticed, Novell forked openoffice
we were using even the go-oo repositories but OOo ebuild seems of regular openoffice 2.3
(and not go-oo 2.1).

However actually you can see these flags: -eds -gnome -gstreamer -mono .
(according to here gstreamer integration is a feature of go-oo)
eds and gnome pull in lots of gnome deps, gstreamer need not to be introduced, and mono...
More, actual OOo ebuild shows http://go-oo.org as homepage (which version are we using actually???).

All the fork started about the calc solver licensing as they wanted to integrate some LGPL code
(likely version 2 as Novell-Microsoft agreement is against version 3).

I still have to understand why we're using go-oo and not openoffice.org as homepage
and SRC_URI (or it's me not having noticed posts in the forum and mails?)
and figure how much dangerous the VBA support could become
(1 because of patenting which Novell paid in MS agreement but gentoo didn't and
2 because it's known as a virus/malware vector ).

In the end, there's likely an error in the ebuild licence: I don't think it can be LGPL.
Even the fork cannot become completely LGPL (as there's the sun JSA licence, or not??!?).

Anyone has better explanations for what's happening (openoffice being included
into gnome svn and nobody even talking about this, people pushing one licence
into code licensed with another one and then forking)????
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about asking the ebuild maintainer directly ...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genone wrote:
How about asking the ebuild maintainer directly ...

Ehm, likely I exposed badly my questions.... are not just about gentoo ebuild
and what version are we using actually (I'd say Novell patched one looking at ebuild SRC_URI).

Are also about OSS and licences, I'd like to know if someone sorted out what really happened
about this fork (or kind of fork) and if it was really necessary. Do next time they'll want to fork
X.org as it's licensed as-is while they want it to get gpl???

Are also about VBA, is that safe (legal and not vulnerability pested) to implement that thing
(if I understood well, it's also done through mono)? Do someone experimented if
1- it really works
2- malicious VBA macros are rejected/neutralized ????
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matteo Azzali wrote:
Are also about OSS and licences, I'd like to know if someone sorted out what really happened
about this fork (or kind of fork) and if it was really necessary. Do next time they'll want to fork
X.org as it's licensed as-is while they want it to get gpl???


AFAIUI the fork was done as it was apparently extremely difficult to get things merged upstream (looks like Sun has a heavyweight process for submitting changes, going by some statements linked in that slashdot post).
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