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James Wilde wrote:

As I understand it, most of the development team of OOo jumped ship to 
set up LibO in anticipation of Oracle making unacceptable changes to the 
OOo concept.  I don't know how many they are, but I'd be surprised if 
they're over 30, and as far as I and most users are concerned, they 
"own" the product.

We don't "own" anything. We have simply started the process, and we have
tried to push it forward putting all our enthusiasm and energies behind it.

The process has started a long time before the conference in Budapest,
where there have not been any "parallel" or "secret" sessions. We have
been there as regular OOo community members.

As far as the process of creation of the group is concerned, I would say
that has been very "natural": i.e. we have started discussing the
problem over beers at OOo conferences, then we have started to write
emails and sometimes discuss the subject over the phone or Skype.

Those that were in the loop are part of the group of founding members:
there has not been any deliberate process for bringing in "friends". We
have all "earned" - if I can use this term - the right to belong to the
group based on merit and contribution.

But the point is, the 30 or whatever developers have been planning this 
for some time.  They didn't launch LibO after a beer last Friday, and 
they, for better or worse, chose LibreOffice as the name.

There is one single concept that has not been raised during the
discussion about the name: the OOo (and now LibO) community is in the
same marketplace as corporations with a turnover of tens of billions of
dollars. Brand names and trademarks are key for protecting the software
and the foundation, and our lawyers have suggested to come out with a
name which was difficult or impossible to attack.

I think that it is time to concentrate on the development of the
community and the software. As far as I am concerned, LibreOffice is
terrible for Italian speakers, but LibO is nice and cute, especially if
you pronounce it with an accent on the last letter: Libò.

In any case, thanks for the discussion. Your interest in the project
shows that we are on the right track.

Italo Vignoli
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