Congratulations to Sun on getting the deal
with the government of China. We are competitors, but still
the software they are delivering is open source.
I know various of the hackers and developers at Sun that
have worked hard on this: on Gnome, in OpenOffice and Java,
and I am glad that their hard work is going to in such a large
A few years ago, we met with John Heard and Marco Boerries
who were working on various angles of Sun on the desktop. It
was back then that John had seen a future for Gtk+ as an ISV
platform, and that Marco would bring up the idea of open
sourcing StarOffice (which we have been very excited about
contributing to). They wanted to see Gnome mature: and they
were two important driving forces for the establishment of the
Gnome Foundation. Through all these years of work, Sun has
funded big parts of development of various components of the
Despite all the criticism they get from Jonathan Schwartz
quotes about Linux, Sun is a massive contributor to the open
source pool. OpenOffice alone is a big chunk of
functionality. But their daily involvement in Gnome 2 has
been a pleasure to watch: they were the first to push Gnome to
be fully accessible to comply with government regulations.
Anyways, good luck to our competitors. Tonight is a big
win: at least 1.3 billion people will be running Evolution.
Royalty-Free Office XML file formats
the specs for the XML markup for Office, and they are royalty
free. The actual license text
If you distribute, license or sell a Licensed Implementation,
this license is conditioned upon you requiring that the
following notice be prominently displayed in all copies and
derivative works of your source code and in copies of the
documentation and licenses associated with your Licensed
"This product may incorporate intellectual property owned by
Microsoft Corporation. The terms and conditions upon which
Microsoft is licensing such intellectual property may be found
By including the above notice in a Licensed Implementation,
you will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions
of this license. You are not licensed to distribute a Licensed
Implementation under license terms and conditions that
prohibit the terms and conditions of this license.
It appears that the above *might* be incompatible with the
GPL. It sounds like the BSD advertisement requirement.
Further study is needed to really understand the issues.