Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint

Subject: Re: Viewing Powerpoint without Powerpoint
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 19:14:18 -0800

David Blyth wrote:

Sun sells hardware platforms. Sun hopes that if you use their SW,
you'll buy their HW - which is optimized to support their SW. Sun has
stated this about Java and the same logic applies to SunOffice.

Excuse me for being punctilious. First, you mean StarOffice. StarOffice is a proprietary version of, which is possible because is released under two licences, one of which allows proprietary derivatives.

Second, while Sun released the source code for, it doesn't own the code, and cannot reclaim it. Sun contributed the code, and still contributes resources to, but the project would continue - although weakened - if Sun withdrew that support. Not that Sun's motives probably weren't as described, but they're really not the main point any more.

(David, I'm sure, knows these facts, but I want to make them clear to others who aren't familiar with the subject)

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