Sun pimps out OpenOffice as Microsoft 'clarifies' Office for web

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OpenOffice is being pimped out by Sun Microsystems, just as Microsoft takes Office online, if Sun's chief executive latest blog entry is anything to go by.

Jonathan Schwartz has posted that an "auction's afoot...to see who we'll be partnering with us to integrate their business and brands into our binary product distribution" of OpenOffice.

He added: "I know this annoys my friends in the free software community, but branding allows us to invest more in OpenOffice.org community and features, from which everyone benefits."

Schwartz is known for lobbying grenades posed as "what ifs," and what he actually meant with his latest post remains mystery. A Sun spokeswoman told The Reg there was nothing more to tell at this stage. She added: "Sun is always exploring new opportunities to increase reach and revenue, support our communities and increase value for our partners and customers."

What Schwartz meant is therefore a matter for him and his blogging software. But the suggestion is that Sun wants partners to insert their logos or bands into the code and that you'll be subjected to the ads either during download or once you open your copy of the suite.

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Sun readying itself to be carved up?

cnet.com: Sun has announced that it will be laying off 5,000 to 6,000 employees, 15 percent to 18 percent of its workforce, saving roughly $700 million to $800 million per year.

Larry Dignan at ZDNet notes that Sun will be organizing its business into four separate units: application platform software, systems and cloud computing and developer tools.

Could this be a prelude to a carve up and sell-off of different Sun business lines?

Sun readying itself to be carved up?

abolish Microvell's go-oo

Those who care about freedom should adopt OOo and abolish Microvell's go-oo.

What About the Sun-Microsoft Deal?

Sun is the largest contributor to OpenOffice.org. They created the proverbial template for cooperating with Microsoft in 2004 -- well before Novell ever made a deal with MS.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/115510/sun_microsoft_make_a_billion_dollar_deal.html

Kind of looks like six of one, half dozen the other. If you are really that paranoid, you should be running Abiword/Gnumeric or KOffice.

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