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I'm Anton Méixome, from Galician NLC.

We are expectant about the procedure, schedule and details of the
workflow to be held in Document Foundation / LibreOffice.

I would draw attention to the need for this "reunification" be
especially careful and clear as to the continuity of the work about
localization.
It would be very frustrating division into 2 groups in many cases.
OpenOffice community has many more relevant aspects of code
development, much as this is vital.

As coordinator of the Galician location I welcome this initiative and
I trust the responsibility of both the new Foundation and Oracle in
this new stage.

Antón


2010/10/1 Marc Paré <marc@marcpare.com>:

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 understan
d
this process and we have been working for a long time promoting OpenOffi
ce
on  government, universities and other institutions. There are  "hos
tile
environments" out there, and this great news are kind of bad news for so
me
people (for example Panama, where government contracts ask for MSOffice
or
OpenOffice mentioned as a
trademark).

3. Our great news are confusing and can be used against Free Software, i
f
the Document Foundation don't coordinate a communication's strategy. We
know
this project will succeed as a development project but there a other are
as
needed. A fork enhances the most common unfounded fears about Free Softw
are:
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 w
e
start positioning LibreOffice now because in two months, it may be too l
ate.

Of course, we decided to wait for your guidances but we want to make sur
e
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.

Carolina

Hola Carolina:

I agree with you 100%. I would not wait for Oracle to make its mind up. W
e
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 h
ave
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 peo
ple
have joined on the Ooo shift from Oracle/Sun's shadow is a deliberate act
ion
that has been noticed from everyone. I have already notified my schoolboa
rd
IT of the "temporary fork" and that the OpenOffice team may either come b
ack
as the same Ooo group but having gained their trademarked name from Oracl
e
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 proble
m
with branding the suite as LibreOffice. Note that we try to promote the O
oo
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.

Marc
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