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Re: [tdf-discuss] Explanation . . . ?


On 09/29/2010 10:45 AM, Bernhard Dippold wrote:

This depends very much on the reaction of Oracle:

If they insist on keeping the trademark given to Sun Microsystems 
because the community hadn't an entity to claim violations and abuse, we 
will not be able to use our good name OpenOffice.org any more.

That would be unfortunate.  Changing a name is a big loss of identity
that would take work to recover.  On the other hand, LibreOffice does
the advantage that the product name isn't a URL.  One poster on ./
quipped that perhaps the new name should be "OpenOffice.org/index.html".
 That's harsh, but has a kernel of truth -- who hasn't, at one time or
another, had to waste time explaining the issue with OpenOffice vs.
OpenOffice.org?

Not that LibreOffice as a name doesn't have its own problems.  Libre is
pronounced differently in Spanish and French, I'm told, and the word is
a struggle for Americans.  But what's done is done.  Now is the time for
everyone to get behind the new name.

     ----Jon
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