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Hi Italo,

On 1/2/11 9:36 PM, Johannes A. Bodwing wrote:

What's the basis for the developers to make decisions? Where can I find
that information?

Developers will base their decisions on several information, and also on positive contribution by the community. Emails where people say that LibreOffice should not support a document format because it is backed by Microsoft or because is a Go-OO heritage are not a positive contribution.

In addition, there is a group of long time community members who have a clear idea about the future of the office suite. We have also issued a press release where we have disclosed the development path that makes very clear LibreOffice future directions.

Where can I read it? Is it in the next decade manifesto?

It should be very clear that software related requests coming from the community will be taken into consideration if they are positive and not against Microsoft or Oracle or any other corporation or entity. I think that this is quite a clear statement.

The other point is:
TDF "... is an independent self-governing meritocratic Foundation, ..."
and on the "Next Decade Manifesto: "... the home for our activities
should be an independent self-governing democratic foundation ..."
How have I to understand that? Or where can I find answers about it?

Democratic and meritocratic are not opposite.

And they are not equal. That's my problem with it at the moment.
I don't really understand how this democratic-meritocratic principle works. And what you explain below with Microsoft, for me it is not meritocratic or democratic that's an ethical aspect. But I shift this point to the time after the release of 3.3 to discuss it with more time in our hands.

TDF is a democracy based on merit, and merit is based on positive contributions. Shouting inside a mailing list is not a positive contribution, by any mean. TDF was not born to fight Microsoft, but to serve the user.

I think this is quite easy to understand, and I am really amazed by the number of people that still believe that promoting free software means bashing Microsoft. This shows a total lack of maturity.

Thanks for your answers.
I'll save it till after the release of 3.3,

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