markee174: "Xara own the current code but once they get other contributions, they will only be able to use them in a GPL release unless they get the contributor to assign them the rights as MySQL does."
True. So they either have to do that in order to retain the possibility of doing a proprietary commercial version, or accept that it's totally open from now on.
"Does Sun actually make a profit on StarOffice, or is it just a spoiler to try and cause Microsoft trouble."
Well, unlocking the billions that get spent on Microsoft Office is more than just causing trouble. Even if everyone else gets to share a fraction of that money, it's a decent strategy.