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It's unfortunate that this thread has morphed into a criticism of the key workers to whom we all owe so much.

I posted earlier only in the spirit of contributing my opinion (which is based on thirty years of observation of project successes and failures) that the name chosen will be less effective than it might be in furthering the goals of the project. (Although, aside, the abbreviation "LibO" has a lot going for it!)

So I here express my thanks and appreciation to the project leaders and to everyone who has ever contributed to this project.

But back to the name... ;-) How about a competition? Just have a go and see what suggestions the entire community of FLOSS supporters and users can dream up. Then, maybe, put the heavy on some of the corporate sponsors to buy whatever trademarks and domains are needed for a really good name that speaks, not only to those of us who are familiar with "free", "open source", FLOSS", etc., but also to the wide world of millions of folk to who we would love to have on board supporting the project.

I would like to forestall one objection I sometimes hear: This is free, so who cares about the great unwashed masses - let them eat Microsoft!

I think that is shortsighted. Microsoft is a malignant corporation and their monopolies in OSes and office suites have harmed and do harm all of us. Every game, every serious application, written only for windows is an application that might have run on a safer, more open OS if not for the monopolies. Even if I prefer open source, if someone has a commercial app. that I need, I would like to be able to buy it for Linux! So for our own benefit, even discounting the goal of improving the world of computing in general, bringing wonderful apps like this one to the world is important, and we should give ourselves the best chance of pulling it off.

Ron House
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