Re: [tdf-discuss] Explanation . . . ?
1. We are all celebrating LibreOffice and we support the project, no
matter it's trademark name.
2. We are worried about marketing. We know regular users don't
understand this process and we have been working for a long time
promoting OpenOffice on government, universities and other
institutions. There are "hostile environments" out there, and this
great news are kind of bad news for some people (for example Panama,
where government contracts ask for MSOffice or OpenOffice mentioned as a
3. Our great news are confusing and can be used against Free Software,
if the Document Foundation don't coordinate a communication's
strategy. We know this project will succeed as a development project
but there a other areas needed. A fork enhances the most common
unfounded fears about Free Software: projects are unstable and there's
a lack of support.
So, of course, the scenario will be better if Oracle gives the trademark
to the community, but if we have to wait a month for that to happen, the
situation will still be complicated. In that case, it may be better if
we start positioning LibreOffice now because in two months, it may be
Of course, we decided to wait for your guidances but we want to make
sure you are thinking about the consequences of waiting for the trademark
Thanks a lot for doing what some of us only dared to dream: building a
home for OpenOffice.
I agree with you 100%. I would not wait for Oracle to make its mind up.
We should go about organizing LibreOffice as if there will be no
trademark transfer. The LibreOffice is more than just a small group of
people who have moved on from the OpenOffice.org suite, if we don't take
the Document Foundation and LibreOffice seriously now, then it would be
hard to gain everyone else's respect later. The fact that so many high
ranking Ooo people have joined on the Ooo shift from Oracle/Sun's shadow
is a deliberate action that has been noticed from everyone. I have
already notified my schoolboard IT of the "temporary fork" and that the
OpenOffice team may either come back as the same Ooo group but having
gained their trademarked name from Oracle or under the name of
LibreOffice. As long as the communication lines with the general public
is kept open, in my opinion, there should be no problem with branding
the suite as LibreOffice. Note that we try to promote the Ooo at my
school board as an alternative to MSOffice and I use it to teach in my
classes as much as I can. If we all did this, maybe this too could help
"nudge" Oracle in deciding of the name transfer.
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