According to a recent tweet, Oracle (the company which recently acquired Sun Microsystems) has started to charge a license fee for its popular open office compatibility plug-in for Microsoft Office. Is this a signal for other open source and free software vendors to start charging for commercially valuable applications?

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Created by Marcin 9 years 25 weeks ago
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9 years 25 weeks 3 hours 48 min ago



There seems to be a big confusion here. The ODF-Plugin for MS-Office was never Free Software. Yet, still I think, this is a very bad move.

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9 years 24 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago


monetizing Free Software

Okay, this article is not about Free Software. But to answer the question: it would not be wrong to monetize Free Software. The FSF even encourages to do so.

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9 years 24 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago


Open formats are part of FSDaily's scope

Even though this is about a company charging money for a proprietary plugin for a proprietary office suite, it might be of interest to the free software community for several reasons:

* It relates to ODF an open format and standard.

* It illustrates how Companies behind proprietary software can (through vendor lock-in) squeeze their customers.

* It gives the FOSS community an insight into the possible future other Oracle software: MySQL, OpenOffice.org etc.

* It can be used to convince to use a free software office suite instead of MS Office.

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