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I'm always a bit suspicious of posts where the author has found it necessary
to shout in the subject line

does that author really think his/her contribution is more important than
everyone else's? or maybe it's just an insecurity thing a bit like Linus
being worried that someone might steal his security blanket?

either way it doesn't seem to me that such posts are likely to take the core
arguments anywhere that's useful


Mike Moller
Lallybroch Alpacas
New Zealand

On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 7:40 AM, AG <>wrote:

Wow!  This has gotten tribal.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:        [users] I AM WITH OOo
Date:   Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:28:45 +0200

Hi *,

there's lots of discussions about TDF and OOo on the lists those days.

I saw that some people in TDF talk as if the "Community" were now TDF,
and OOo were just Oracle employees. That's not true at all.

I don't work for Oracle, and I intend to keep contributing on my best
effort to And I am conviced there's lot of people who
don't work for Oracle and they're going to keep in OOo, just because
they think it's best for them, for the project, maybe thay don't like
how things are going in TDF those first weeks, or whatever else.

Furthermore, most developers are going to keep their contributions in
OOo. Oracle is paying 80% of the developers of OpenOffice, just for that
reason we can think they won't switch and at least 80% of developers
will remain. Some independent developers don't intend to move either.
More, I think Oracle is going to support OOo, not because their
altruism, but just because I think Oracle wants a strong OOo community
for its business.

Anyway OOo is going to lose some of their members, so I think it's a
good time to show that a lot of people who are not involved with Oracle
is not going to switch to the TDF and we will keep our support to OOo.
We need to make clear is much more than just Oracle. is the best alternative to MS Office and getting its
current market share was just a dream 5 years ago. People who has
developed such application, mostly, are and will be in

So, I am with I hope I wasn't the only one. :-)



PS: Don't conclude from my message that I'm against TDF. I sincerily
hope the fork had a good product in the future. But I think they have a
hard way ahead. They will need a strong support from Novell, Red Hat and
others, much stronger than the support those companys have yield to OOo
before. And they will need to hire a lot of good programmers, let me
doubt if they will get that, as that means a lot of money.

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