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On 10/18/2010 01:58 PM, Roxy Robinson wrote:

> I believe if it had been me: establish the main steering committee,
> while at the same time get the website set up. Then, before ever
> issuing - especially a BETA VERSION - software, I would use the
> website to introduce the WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN, AND HOW of the new
> organization. Why it exists, what brought it on, etc. I had fears that
> when Oracle completed their take over that would be the end of OOo,
> and maybe it still will be. But you folks know most of those things
> and there should be a central location where I can go to come to a
> fuller understanding of what is going on.

> And then, the final step would be to release the new, finished
> version of LO!

I disagree -- I think the steering committee has shown good prioritization. To establish immediate technical credibility of the new TDF, it's much more important to release a quality beta product than to set up the legalities of the foundation, its website, or the interface to the users. This shows that TDF means business, and has the backing of developers to make this happen. Without the beta, all you have is a bunch of hot air on a website.

I think we can exercise some patience in waiting for the mechanics of the foundation to be set up, determine how membership is granted, decide how donations will be handled, establish the relationship to OOo, etc. In the meantime, since we have the beta out there, the developer's list can (and has) catch on fire with people submitting patches against the beta. We are really hitting the ground running!


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