Feeds

Open source company wants cash to open source

Donations welcome

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

A Russian open source developer says he needs money before he can release code written for the OpenOffice suite.

Vladislav Kharchev, CEO of Stunnix,explains that an unnamed investor paid for four months' work before pulling out. "We feel the great importance of our modifications, and it would be a pain if they would be missing in OpenOffice.org 1.1," he says on the Stunnix website. The nature, but not the the details of the fixes are listed here.

"We can't release our modifications (or a part of them) unless we've received a compensation for all expenses we incured."

OpenOffice uses a dual license scheme for the source, depending on the modules: the Lesser GPL (LGPL) or Sun's community license. So it's up to Stunnix to ask for a fee for distributing modifications, and up to the rest of the world to ignore it.

The company makes a Perl obfuscation package - an tautology, if ever there was one. The Freshmeat descripion explains how the software can "protect your valuable intellectual property". Among recent projects listed on the Stunnix website is a system for casino automation.

So is this a new form of 419? We shall endeavor to find out. Stunnix had not responded to a request for comment at press time. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature
You don't want everyone to compile app lists from your fondleware? BAD LUCK
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.