T. J. Brumfield wrote (02-11-10 16:28)
There were several old, often commented on, and often requested bug fixes
and features that didn't receive much attention or weren't resolved with OOo
over the years.
That is true. Others were fixed though, and also features were added.
For those who may not be aware of the reasons for the shift/fork, or for
those who don't care about politics with software, resolving some of these
old bugs might be a reason for users to switch over to LibreOffice.
Indeed. But at least for a part of the long standing issues, a/the
reason is that fixing takes considerable amount of time. So IMO we must
be modest with expectations, at least on short term.
For instance, the bug/feature request with the most votes for OOo is a SVG
import filter. go-oo implemented that feature. I assume LibreOffice will
include that patch.
Interesting topic. In the mean time there also has been implemented an
SVG feature for OOo. I have no real idea about merites of both, so that
has to been investigated by developers.
Here is an eight year old bug/feature request with over 300 votes.
And while it seems like that bug involves quite a bit of work, it also reads
like necessary refactoring that has been started, but not finished.
[ I always have difficulty to understand the need for this feature.
Especially since in LibreOffice it is possible to (un)fold headings
individually in the Navigator, and all kind of manipulations are
possible - but oh, let me not discuss the individual features here. ]
In the end, I suppose my question is this. Is it a worthwhile goal for
LibreOffice to pursue some of these lingering issues with tons of votes?
Should they try to create the features that the community obviously wants
that OOo is not providing?
IMO that is very true.
Since a goal for LibreOffice is attracting more developers, more people
that can step in easily to work on it (which already works (1, 2) )
there will be more people that can pick up those issues, or at least a
part of it.
Thanks for your thoughts,
-- T. J. Brumfield
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