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Whats really held OOo and will hold LO back is the lack of an equivalent
program such as outlook.

There are one of three ways it can be done.

1) fork something like evolution which has all that done and integrate it
into the LO suite

2) or install software that already exists in the open source arena.

the problem with 2 is that it will greatly increase the download size, which
would pose issues for people with slow bandwidth.

On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 6:07 PM, Cia Watson <> wrote:

On Sat, 01 Jan 2011 12:16:06 -0000
Zaphod Feeblejocks <> wrote:

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?

Ways to resolve this include:
- Open (and easy to find) statistics on the numbers of current
developers on LibO and their background.
- 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 expect).
- 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.

Since this looks a little like a wish-list, I thought I'd add mine. (Or
am I engaging in wishful thinking? :-) )

I think it would be nice to be able to open AbiWord documents (.abw)
that render properly. LibO (and OO) Writer will open the file, but
there's a lot of coding visible, I'm guessing it's xml code.  I can
open odt files just fine in AbiWord (as well as doc and docx files)
and they render properly; but the reverse isn't true. Therefore, since I
have some documents already in abw format, I generally stick with
AbiWord for my few word-processing needs.

Happy New Year to all!

Cia W

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