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Marc Paré wrote:
The LibO project is community driven, and its members are what makes it

Well, Marc, I got this point very well in yours and others' messages. :)

But I still see a lot of confusion in this list about the meaning of "Community" and "Foundation".

I'd like to add more details about this consideration of mine, in order to explain because I'm feeling uncomfortable by reading many messages in this list.

On 28th September, the day of TDF announce, I was contacted from some people who were interested in OOo ***vitality*** because they were supporting or advocating migrations to our office suite in my area.

They were scared from the possibility that Oracle dropped OOo support and the product was simply *dead* because of lack of support from whatever *credible* organization.

There were few news, so I contacted other people in the Italian OOo Community (among them, Italo Vignoli and Andrea Pescetti) for more info.

Summing up what they wrote back, I've decided to reply to those people: "as long as Oracle supports as an open source project and any other initiative is not clear, please support the main product and the scheduled migration to that product".

Somebody agreed, somebody else stopped the whole migration. ;'(

Among those who stopped, there are people who perfectly understand how free software works, but they need to know "who is doing what" in a project.

In a nutshell: being sure of a sustainable development or, at least, being sure of a entity that takes care of making that development become sustainable in the future.

I suppose this was the main concern of Harold Fuchs too.

A Foundation that collects funds and gathers contributions to further developing LibO, and steers the wider Community for that development, it's a reassuring idea. It's just like Mozilla.

A Community project, whose members can or cannot provide those funds or contributions, since they haven't a duty to do so, it's, well, just scaring for whoever is thinking to do a migration to "something" based on OOo code or to suggest people for that migration.

BTW, I really like the idea of a Foundation, and I always liked it. Instead, I like a lot less the idea of a "Community project", with or without a TDF "association" in it.

I hope you understand what my point is, here.
Gianluca Turconi

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