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[steering-discuss] Re: TDF/LO, what is the art of the possible?


Hi Rob,

I don't want to leave this unanswered, although I very likely cannot provide the answers you like to get ... (steering-discuss in cc, so that other SC memebers might agree or
disagree)

Am 04.06.2011 02:09, schrieb robert_weir@us.ibm.com:
If someone on the list from TDF is authorized to answer this (or can get
such authorization), I'd appreciate an official stance on the following
questions.  This would help us understand what room there is for
negotiation and what is not worth discussing at all.

In your questionary, the questions to me seem to be of two kinds:

1) questions that are targeted to individuals actions (sign Apache CLA, contribute
code to Apache as well as to TDF ...)

2) fundamental questions on TDF (join Apache and consolidate there, choose a name
for the product ...)


Regarding 1) - those questions need to go to the individuals. I (no one) can answer this on their behalf. What I can do is to state, that such discussion are already ongoing on one or the other list at TDF, but individuals do what individuals like to do - one choose
this way, one the other.


Regarding 2) - Even if you suggest in a later mail that TDF is young, small and should therefore be "flexible" in taking decisions - I feel not authorized to give an answer. And
I would veto if the SC would be pressed for such a statement (in any case).

We curently count close to 100 project members according to our bylaws (and we are verifying some more applications). Substantial questions on what TDF should do (as an organization) should be discussed by those members at large. I would even suggest to have a vote by our community members - but at the moment I do not feel that it
is the correct time to go this way.

btw. I very much share William's points in the later mails.

regards,

André

For "willing to consider it", I mean in the context of a negotiation where
there is some give and take.  I'm not asking if you're willing to do this
for nothing.  I just want to understand what are the deal breakers and
where we should be focusing discussions.

I'm not interested in debating these questions in this thread, aside from
clarifications.  We're debating these issues in other threads.  I'm just
trying to see if we can agree on which of these directions, if any, is
likely to be fruitful and which ones, if any, are fundamentally impossible
for TDF/LO.

I think we've given straightforward answers on where ASF is flexible and
where it cannot budge.  I'd welcome similar clarity from TDF/LO, in the
spirit of moving forward these discussions.

Regards,

-Rob


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1) Require Apache 2.0 licence for future contributions to LO, possibly in
addition with other compatible licenses.

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


2) Encourage and facilitate TDF members signing an Apache CLA on their
past LO contributions

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


3) Encourage and facilitate TDF members contributing their work to both
Apache and TDF under respective licenses

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


4) Join Apache and do the core development work there, with LibreOffice
being a downstream consumer of the core, collaborating closely with Apache
via patches, defect reports, etc.

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


5) Join Apache and consolidate all development there,  under the name
OpenOffice

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


6) Join Apache and consolidate all development there,  under the name
LibreOffice.

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it


7) Join Apache and consolidate all development there,  under the name ODF
Suite.

a) Not willing to consider it

b) Willing to consider it



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