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Hi Johannes,

Johannes A. Bodwing wrote (03-01-11 18:09)
Hi Italo,
On 1/3/11 8:43 AM, Johannes A. Bodwing wrote:

What's the background (for ESC) to decide what leads to the best
software for users?

I apologize for repeating myself, but the ESC will decide upon
positive contributions, suggestions or requests. You suggest a
feature, promote a technology, contribute a new export filter.

What I mean now with a real example.
What if I would propose to transform the startcenter into a individual
desktop with drop and drag like the former integrated desktop of
StarOffice. And I would also propose to make it choosable for users:
~ to have it in the LO-window like now the startcenter
~ to dock it like toolbars (perhaps with a constant distance from the
~ to use it like an external "container" of individual folders, files
and links.

How would someone decide whether it were a positiv feature for LO or not?
Because no one has a crystall ball to look into the future. And it could
be, that such a proposal is denied by LO but ten months later another
producer of an office-suit succeeds with just such a feature.

With a developer driven project, where many developers are paid by different companies, which (partly) makes up the daily program of the devs, and other devs step in as they like, these questions can not be answered in general.

But if the idea is well communicated with developers and makes sense to the people that make choices, there is a good change.

But I guess you already understood that.

And if it were denied, is it lost than till somebody others makes the
same proposal years later.

And if an idea is not picked up now, then indeed at any time people that do want to implement it, can stand up and co-operate. But if the idea has a clear impact on the overall design / functionality of the suite, then of course the ESC will have the final vote.

Or is there a system to save proposals for a later check under new conditions.

Not that I am aware of.

That's my problem with the decisions.

That many things are not clear, just because of the nature of a FLOSS-community? I think I do not understand what kind of clarity or confirmation you are looking for.

But it hasn't to be answered right now. I'll ask such things after the
3.3-release again.

And maybe too after the version after that?
(BTW: 3.3 release is not fixed. In this specific case, it will be no earlier then the 3.3.0 release of course.)

Kind regards,

 - giving its foundation :: The Document Foundation -

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