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13 June 2011, 12:23

FSF backs LibreOffice while Apache votes

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A vote on whether the Apache Incubator should accept as an Incubator project was started on 10 June and voting will conclude at 16:00 GMT today (Monday). If it is accepted, the code will be available under the permissive Apache Licence 2.0 which allows users and companies to modify and distribute the code without releasing their changes.

In a posting on the FSF web site, the FSF notes that, although it recommends the Apache Licence in particular situations – specifically where developers are looking for widespread adoption of standards creating code – the case of is not such a situation. "This situation calls for copyleft because the gains free software stands to make from a non-copyleft license don't justify giving a handout to proprietary software developers". The FSF also cites LibreOffice's commitment to only offering free software extensions for the office suite. was created from the source code of the proprietary package StarOffice, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999 and released as open source by Sun in 2000. It was then developed by Sun/StarOffice developers and the community over the subsequent ten years.

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