On 14/10/10 17:49, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2010-10-14 06:32, Nikola Yanev a écrit :
Oracle announced that it is going to put a lot of effort in OO.org now.
Suppose this will happen: How do you plan to make use of Oracles
improvements without being forced to obeying to Oracles will and
mean if LO introduces many innovations and improvements, keeping in
with the OO.org codebase and being able to merge Oracles improvements
without a huge porting effort will be a hard job.
I think the answer gonna be interesting :)
I think at this point, it is pretty obvious that Oracle has not shown
any intention of taking part in this project and we should not expect
it to be part of this any more. Our initial expectations were
optimistic, but we should no longer expect them but feel "pleasantly
surprised" if they decide in the future to join us. Just as
"pleasantly surprised" if the decide in the future to release the
trademarked "OpenOffice.org" name. They will be another organization
just like any other helping out with LibreOffice. Their hold on the
community and the namebrand is no longer an issue. I think we are
passed that now.
Certainly with the momentum that has recently developed in connection
with LibO it would seem a real shame to now drop the ball and rely on
Oracle to drive the process using OOo. There does seem to be an
inherent value in continuing the LibO fork, pushing it out as a
community project as far as possible and if Oracle want to adopt aspects
of LibO, then fine. This would be far better than getting into any
potential tussle with Oracle in the future should LibO want to utilise
some of the now-owned OOo code base for LibO development.
What I mean is, LibO makes good sense to continue supporting and
developing regardless of what Oracle decide to do with OOo, because who
knows what might happen in the future. Oracle might try to revoke OOo's
open source and GPL properties or may even be bought out in the future
by another company that seeks to privatise OOo ... now that LibO has
broken ground, it seems a wise move for the long game to continue to
support and develop it irrespective of whatever it is that Oracle (or
whomever) does with OOo. With continued development, one might hope
that LibO keeps all of the good stuff that made OOo a great alternative
to MS Office, et al, and to overcome all of the bugs and issues
associated with OOo. Let's face it - the open source world really does
need a killer office suite, and LibO is the closest we have to providing
In short - I propose that we continue to support the nascent
developments of LibO so that it can be grown into a fully-fledged,
mature, sophisticated, stable and user-friendly OSS office suite.
My $0.02 worth.
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