I've been meaning to write this e-mail for a while now, but haven't gotten
around to it until now -- I hope it's still relevant.
The Next Decade Manifesto and the recent press release (available at
http://www.documentfoundation.org/lists/announce/msg00016.html for those who
haven't read it yet) open up a lot of question and comments:
"TDF founders foresee a completely different future for the office suite
paradigm, which - in the actual format - is over 20 years old, to be based
on the document (where the software is a layer for the creation or the
presentation of the contents)."
What exactly does that mean for the internal structure of LibreOffice? Does
this mean that LibO will be more object-oriented?
"In addition, each single module of LibreOffice will be undergoing an
extensive rewrite, with Calc being the first one to be redeveloped around a
brand new engine - code named Ixion - that will increase performance, allow
true versatility and add long awaited database and VBA macro handling
"Writer is going to be improved in the area of layout fidelity and Impress
in the area of slideshow fidelity. Most of the new features are either meant
to maintain compatibility with the market leading office suite or will
introduce radical innovations."
Can't wait to see it. I'm very curious as to what the "radical innovations"
"The Document Foundation is going to be at the heart of the Free Software
universe, where users want to build a different future for office suites,
working together with developers."
It'd be great if TDF focused on integration and interoperability with other
I'd really like to see Linux become the primary platform to focus on (yes,
Linux has a much smaller user base than Windows, but that will never change
if software companies keep favoring Windows). For Linux, OpenOffice.org
(going forward LibreOffice) is vital.
It would also be great if LibO, KOffice, AbiWord, Gnumeric, Ease, and all
the other open-source editors worked together to set standards. It'd be
great, for example, if you could choose a standard open-source font triad that
was bundled with all (relevant) open-source software (and closed-source
software too) to counter MS's Times-Arial-Courier triad (and the rising
Calibri-Cambria-Candara triad). Or if you could agree on the same keyboard
Lastly, it'd be nice if all the office suite powers integrated with and
helped expand websites for open-source fonts (http://openfontlibrary.org/),
clipart (http://www.openclipart.org/), and ODF templates (no central website
I'm guessing collaborating on a single extension framework is out of the
question, but would a single dictionary framework (for spelling and grammar
checks) be plausible?
"Users read, write, modify and share documents, and are focused on contents
rather than software features. After 20 years of feature oriented software,
it is now the right time to bring back content at the centre of user focus".
Does this mean that the ribbonesque UI that came out of OOo Renaissance will
be abandoned in favor of a more efficient and less distracting UI?
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