OSS, copyright and OpenOffice.org: Sun vs IBM

An illustration (February 2006) of what could happen when an ‘open source’ application is really a front for corporate software. In this case, the claim is that a dispute with Sun has led to IBM creating its own fork of the OpenOffice.org code, called Workplace

The argument is that Sun should transfer ownership of the copyright to OpenOffice.org to an independant foundation.

The source of this ‘rumour’ is here:

OpenOffice … is hoping for some development help from IBM. But IBM isn’t going to contribute to the project as long as Sun Microsystems holds on to the OpenOffice intellectual property.

On the other hand, a follow-up story appears here where everyone says they get along fine really.

Note: I found the last two links on Solveig Haugland‘s official OOo blog here

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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2 Responses to OSS, copyright and OpenOffice.org: Sun vs IBM

  1. Pingback: Spartakan » Getting some logic into the literature review

  2. Apparently, this story is older than I thought. I found this article (April 2005) on the same subject at ZDNet – IBM responds on OpenOffice contribution question

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