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2010/9/30 Nancy Ward <>


From: Jon Hamkins
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: [tdf-discuss] Explanation . . . ?

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

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.


Since I grew up to the ripe old age of 7 in the Rio Grande Valley of
South Texas, some of the spanish I learned has stuck, especially the bad

I don't understand why, but Libre to me says Liberty. I would pronounce
it Leebreh, which is probably totally wrong. I was surprised when
someone said that Libre means free.

1. Yes, in Spanish it IS pronounced (sorta) like that.
2. Liberty and Libre come from the same Latin root.
3. Richard Stallman loves that Spanish has a distinction between "free
speech" ("discurso libre") and "free beer" ("cerveza gratis"). And I do too
That's exactly why the new project was rebranded LibreOffice, and I honestl
would stick with the name even if Oracle returned the trademark to the

Nancy Ward
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