From: mike moller on
Hi Josh

some years ago Sun intervened in the OO saga and there was a stable period
during which they offered the product for a fee with support services
primarily aimed at the corporate market. Sun also open sourced the code
which became the offering the development of which Sun supported

In more recent times Sun was taken over by Oracle and subject to some
suspicion and occasional hostility from the open source community Oracle has
continued to fund the role that was formerly Sun's

where is all this heading in the longer term? Aha! no body knows and he
ain't telling :-)
Mike Moller
Lallybroch Alpacas
New Zealand

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 4:06 AM, Joshua Lee <Joshua.Lee(a)> wrote:

> I just upgraded my open office, then it took me to oracle's website. I
> noticed I could now buy OO from Oracle. I am kinda confused, why are they
> charging for what is free already? And why do they get to? I mean, I
> understand anyone can sell open source software, but we are advertising them
> right on I must have really missed something here. Are
> they taking over? Did they buy the site and are they now the maintainers
> for the open source project?
> Could some one speed me up on this?
> Thanks,
> Josh Lee
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