The Go-oo homepage also says "Going forward, the Go-oo project will be
discontinued in favor of LibreOffice." Does that mean that LibreOffice
is driven by Novell too?
I wouldn't put in that simple words. Actually, LibreOffice is open to
any developer, individual or company that whishes to contribute to our
code and endeavour. On the TDF announcement we invited Oracle to join
us and suggested them to offer the brand OpenOffice to TDF (later this
was politely declined by Oracle).
I think this is an important issue, and one which can be open to massive amount of FUD.
I'm sure TDF is thankful to Novell for their input, but the wariness that exists to anyone who
is working with Microsoft for any reason cannot be ignored.
Ways to resolve this include:
- Open (and easy to find) statistics on the numbers of current developers on LibO and their
- More clear input from Google, etc., towards easy integration with Google Docs (in the way
that the MSO integration with the web-based version of MSO will become something users
- Joint-branding with Thunderbird, Scribus, etc. There have been many posts on the OOo
lists over the years asking "do you do a calendar?" or "Do you have a Publisher
replacement". No, we don't - but clearly promoting other open source projects and working
with them to make life easy for people coming away from MSO helps all people. This would
include LibO pointing to downloads for Mozilla packages and vice-versa. If Mozilla wanted
to point to both LibO and OOo as the projects grow apart, that's fine - we are all part of a
larger OS fraternity.
- Working on a common look-and-feel in a number of OS apps. Could a Mozilla 'skin' that
can be applied to LibO, OOo, Scribus, etc., be viable? Or a 'Traditional OO' skin that can
be used across packages be there for people who don't like to change UI much?
What do you think?
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