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Hi all,

I won't comment about the rest of the email as I've already provided plenty of additional information here:

However, the following comment made by our fellow member of the board needs to be framed correctly.

On 13/01/2022 18:44, Michael Meeks wrote:
Sadly, the distraction from this topic has really impaired the
board's ability to do good things around the LibreOffice Technology
and our desktop product.

The LOOL topic has indeed used up plenty of the board time but has not impaired the board's ability to do good things.

Quite the contrary.

The process of understanding why the community wasn't benefiting from LOOL and the (painful) negotiations that followed started the overdue marketing plan from which our fellow member of the board's company and other members of the ecosystem are happily benefiting.

This "distraction" has, indeed, taken away a lot of resources and time that could have been invested in doing better things but it has now been dealt with and has confirmed that the relationship between a major corporate contributor to a project and TDF must be clarified very early on in the process.

Things would have been a lot easier if our fellow member of the board looked objectively at the project's direction years ago when his new company took over it and, as he was also a member of the board at the time, proposed an agreement that would satisfy both his commercial ambitions and the need to have a positive outcome for the community out of TDF's investments.

This issue which hasn't distracted our fellow member of the board for many years has finally been tackled.

Another lesson learned from this "distraction" is that we haven't invested enough in internal developers which can not only help in mentoring new community developers but can also help in dealing with fixes and features that may be uninteresting for commercial contributors which may prefer to focus on their products.

Having internal developers will also help us in evaluating better what we can deal with internally, help new projects that want to be hosted at TDF and structuring better the tenders for development we'll need to delegate to external organisations while also being able to validate the quality of the deliverables.

So, to conclude, this "distraction" has actually helped the board in dealing with a situation which impaired its freedom to act in a well informed and structured way and created a new situation where, thanks to important and in some cases overdue work done by the board during this term, we know where we stand, we know that we can do a lot more that some thought we could and we can finally move forward and do more good things for the community.



Paolo Vecchi - Deputy Member of the Board of Directors
The Document Foundation, Kurfürstendamm 188, 10707 Berlin, DE
Gemeinnützige rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts
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