Oracle vs. LibreOffice
A couple of weeks ago the members of the OpenOffice Community Council that are employed by Oracle have set an ultimatum to the rest of the members to step down from the council citing conflict of interest by them (All members not employed by Oracle have joined The Document Foundation which is making available LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice which allows easier contributions for community contributors).
While I did not expect anything else to happen (who would have ever thought that Oracle would join the efforts of more transparency and community involvement, taking into account their latest actions in regard to OpenSolaris), I find the stand of the Oracle employee council members rather hypocritical.
My first question would be, why is the majority of council members stacked with Oracle employees in the first place? It is a community council, not the project steering board, it should represent the mostly volunteer community, which has certainly different interests than the a for profit corporation. Hence, the people with a conflict of interest all along have never stepped down in the first place.
Secondly, the employees of Oracle have with no question at all a conflict of interest in regard of the question if people that support LibreOffice would have a conflict of interest in regards of the OpenOffice community. Their financial livelihood is dependent on OpenOffice. LibreOffice threatens not only Oracle, but also them personally.
At last, I think this is really a comedic sideshow. As Gorbachev once said, I paraphrase, "Who is late, will be punished by reality". The train has already left the station. All major players in Open Source have already declared that they will support LibreOffice over OpenOffice. There is no community left for OpenOffice (except maybe Oracle customers). Therefore, there is no need for an OpenOffice community council anymore. I suggest it will be just abandoned, and the members supporting LibreOffice would be well advised to start a new community council for LibreOffice where the community really is.