> If you have ever installed OpenOffice from Sun’s (and now Oracle’s) website you will notice that it doesn’t have any media playing support. But it does on Ubuntu and Debian and Suse and Fedora and well pretty much everywhere else.
OpenOffice’s policy is to only include code that they have a shared copyright on (or some other similar legal wording). Novell, wrote code to make OpenOffice integrate with the common (on Linux) gstreamer media framework.
According to this bug report Novell won’t share the copyright with Oracle/Sun and Oracle/Sun won’t integrate it without it.
I don’t really know who to blame in this instance, but it seems incredibly silly to me. We (collectively) have the code to make OpenOffice work better (and be much easier to test new versions without losing audio/video), but we still manage to restrict what we end up doing with the code. 🙁