NeoOffice/J is an open-source project but is not one of the OpenOffice.org projects. This has been a source of friction with some OpenOffice.org developers, who dont feel that OpenOffice.org resources should be used for NeoOffice/J. Because the NeoOffice/J work is being done with the Mac OS X windowing system, which OpenOffice.org doesnt use, the NeoOffice/J project doesnt contribute technology to OpenOffice.org. Peterlin maintains, however, that NeoOffice/J is dependent on OpenOffice.Thats because literally 99 percent of the NeoOffice/J code is from OpenOffice.org/X11, according to Peterlin. This means that OpenOffice.org/X11 and NeoOffice/J have more in common with each other than do the Solaris and Windows versions of OpenOffice.org. For insights on the Mac in the enterprise, check out eWEEK.com Executive Editor Matthew Rothenbergs Weblog. Unfortunately for users, the NeoOffice/J and OpenOffice.org projects may need to remain separate, dividing scarce developer resources. "The reason its happening outside of OpenOffice.org is mainly due to licensing reasons," said Williams. OpenOffice.org uses a Limited GNU General Public License and the Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL), which doesnt require that code changes be contributed back to project. "Patrick Luby has invested many hours of time into the [NeoOffice/J] project, and even financial resources," said Williams. "He simply doesnt want some random company [even Sun Microsystems Inc.] to take all his hard work, package it up and sell it, without having to contribute their changes back to the project. Which I believe is completely understandable, since NeoOffice/J is mainly a two-person effort." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.
"The X11 port was extremely important, for several reasons," said Peterlin. "We need for work on that port to continue."