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Le 2011-06-21 07:14, Italo Vignoli a écrit :
On 6/20/11 1:59 AM, Marc Paré wrote:

Could you point me to any page with the results of these discussions. I
seem to have missed it somehow.

We had a lot of face to face and phone discussions before the launch, but you won't find any trace of them (other than the memory of each participant).

Also, discussions with FSF were mostly by private email and phone, and were supposed to clarify our position vs proprietary extensions before FSF statement (we explained why we double license LGPLv3+ and MPL, as MPL is not the preferred FSF license).

By the way, we use the MPL license to suit the needs of companies like IBM who want to build a proprietary version of the software, although US corporations have a preference for Apache License which it is not copyleft (MPL is defined as weak copyleft).

Thanks for the explanation. I think it would be nice to have our statement on the matter published somewhere on our website.

As for the comment of "although US corporations have a preference for Apache License which it is not copyleft (MPL is defined as weak copyleft)", IMO it's more of a cultural thing. We, in North America, are used to seeing "big business" and hearing of "for-profit" philosophies and little of "opensource" philosophy. I remember as early as the last year and a half of hearing people say at school board IT meetings that installing Linux on boxes was "considered illegal if MSWindows are not installed" and my countering with the fact that I was a whitebox dealer who sold boxes with Linux installed on it and that my sales were going fine and were definitely not illegal, OR, also hearing from some of my US colleagues in the educational field that "opensource is considered un-American because there is no profit involved". This type of attitude are chronicled in articles such as this: [].

This is some of the mind-set that some of us harbour in North America. It's organization like ours and our supporting partners that will make a difference in changing attitudes in North America.

BTW ... this is a neat article to read re: the spread of opensource software in North America: [], which brings home the importance of having LibreOffice ready for large-scale installations. We need to make our LibreOffice more attractive by providing administrative tools to ease large-scale installation as well as administrative tools for managing installation preferences remotely.



Marc Paré

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