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T. J. Brumfield wrote:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
I would have to say so, it would of course be wise to take a close look at each. I suppose some might concern things like compatability with some other software program that has itself become obsolete in the meantime. But any that concern internal faults within OOo/LO should certainly be addressed. There is also the matter of feature enhancements, performance upgrades, stability improvements, which might not have been given a high priority by Sun/Oracle which would now merit another look.

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