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FSF Work on ‘Free-Only’ Extension Library for OpenOffice.org

Jessica Thornsby

The Free Software Foundation to create new extension library of free OpenOffice.org software extensions.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) have announced a project to create a replacement extension library for
OpenOffice.org, where only free software extensions will be
listed.

“OpenOffice.org is free software, and an important contribution
to the free software community. However, the program offers the
user a library of extensions, and some of them are proprietary.
Distributing OpenOffice.org in the usual way has the effect of
offering users the nonfree extensions too,” said FSF executive
director Peter Brown.

The FSF has previously requested the OpenOffice.org Community
Council to change their policy, in regards to listing
extensions.

The FSF is currently looking for volunteers who are willing to
check the licensing on existing extensions. Once the library is
completed, FSF are planning on recruiting volunteers to develop
free replacements for the non-free extensions that OpenOffice.org
currently distributes.

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