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paul.hermeneutic wrote:
There will be few problems understanding "LibreOffice."  It is likely
to be more universally understood than "OpenOffice."

For Romance languages that may be true, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the world. Even on this mailing list I've already seen LibreOffice spelled as "LibraOffice", "LiberOffice" and "LiberteOffice", so the name does not seem too easy to adopt internationally. (Not to mention that on some Finnish discussion forums it was immediately nicknamed "Libresse" after an international brand of feminine hygiene products, which also happens to have a seagull attached to its logo. But of course puns could get inspired by any name.)

I agree that the reference to liberty is an appealing idea from a semantic and philosophical point of view, but like a few others here, I'm not quite convinced that the new name will be optimal for actually marketing the product. It would be interesting to hear more details about the other options that were discussed, and why exactly they were rejected. For example, were there any serious alternatives that could have been abbreviated as OO (with just two Os, as opposed to OOo)?

  /\__/\    Simo            Opin jo kauan sitten, että sian kanssa
 ( o  o )   Kaupinmäki        ei kannata painia. Siinä likaantuu,
 ( (oo) )       ja sika sitä paitsi pitää siitä.       ------- Cyrus Ching -------
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