Public Thank You to Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems

Dear Simon,

I’m glad to hear from your voice that the Italian dictionary and thesaurus will be soon included in the offical version of our beloved office suite OpenOffice.org.

Hi Roberto.

I’ve looked into this and the problem was that, by using the GPL rather than the LGPL for your contribution, it was necessary for Sun’s legal team to conduct an extensive discussion about the implications of distributing it with OpenOffice.org (which as you know is licensed under LGPL), and that discussion was disrupted by staffing changes in mid-stream. Some delay in public comment was inevitable because of the fact you’d used a license the OpenOffice.org community has not chosen and because seeking legal advice in the US is necessarily a confidential matter under US law. I apologise for the extra delay that was unavoidably caused by the staffing changes.

I have now received legal advice that gives me confidence that inclusion of this great facility will be OK from a licensing perspective, and it will proceed forthwith. I’d like to thank you and your team for both your important contribution to OpenOffice.org and for your patience waiting for the process to complete.

S.

On behalf of the the Italian Native-Lang Project team, who yesterday announced to have become an Association, I wish to thank you publicly for your job, you have been able to solve a problem we were dealing with from months.

Mille grazie! (Thanks a lot!)

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