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[tdf-discuss] Re: Two questions about course of LO



Mark Preston wrote:

But to be honest, the code was such a tangled and complex
mess that I would have needed months of work just going through code
before I even tried to change a single command.

I am slightly concerned that, even now, there is a damn good chance
the code for LibreOffice is still much the same tangled (and
uncommented) mess.

Interesting... If I were in a snarky mood, I might note that the word
"kludge" comes from klug, a German adjective meaning smart/intelligent.
(Most likely, though, this is only an exaggerated stereotype and cultural
differences are not that large.)

But, if the original developers who are intimately familiar, from 10+ years
of daily work, with the codebase are all still at Oracle... how is that
knowledge going to migrate to LibreOffice?

Also: what's to stop Oracle from doubling or tripling its resources on
Oracle OpenOffice (not OpenOffice.org) development to pull far ahead of
LibreOffice? This may be a very dumb question to ask, so please forgive my
ignorance.

To save yourself typing, feel free to point me at webpages where these
questions were discussed already.

Here are some pages that I've come across as I've looked for information:

https://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/oracle-open-office-3-3-vs-openoffice-org-3-3/#comment-1499
(highly critical of the LibreOffice "fork")

https://lwn.net/Articles/414051/ (pretty bullish on LO)

http://asay.blogspot.com/2005/09/analyst-nature-and-size-of-open-source.html
(nuanced skepticism about the open source "community")



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