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On Apr 21, 2011, at 23:09 , drew wrote:

On Thu, 2011-04-21 at 22:40 +0200, M Henri Day wrote:
2011/4/21 drew <>

On Thu, 2011-04-21 at 19:05 +0200, M Henri Day wrote:
2011/4/21 James Wilde <>

Just got this message in my inbox.  I wonder if sending him a note
LibO would be considered to be in breach of the comprehensive warning
at the


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Date: April 20, 2011 15:34:31 GMT+02:00
To: "" <>
Subject: [users] Licensing Details


receipt of the posting can be considered erroneous. As the paragraph does
not explicitly prohibit mentioning LibO in sucjh a notification, I also
presume that you would be within your rights to do so. The above, of
with the caveat that I am hardly an expert in Indian, Singaporean, Thai,
Malaysian, or UK legal practices....


That's all well and good - but - contacting him is simply _wrong_ IMO.

He asked a question on the users list, not LibreOffice.

To forward such a message here was wrong and such actions should NOT be


Drew Jensen

«It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a *difference of
opinion* that *makes horse races*.»

Hi Henri

Sorry, I have to disagree.

If James truly believes it is appropriate to respond to a query of this
nature, made on the mailing list, with a recommendation
to use a different application then he should (must) be willing to do so
in the open, on that mailing list. 


Drew Jensen

Well, I did have my thoughts on this, which was why I asked.  However, the responses have made me 
think hard about this.

Recently there was some discussion about the decision of the European Union to renegotiate with 
Microsoft about new licenses for Office, without putting the matter out to tender, and I think I 
can say that a large number of voices thought that TDF should take action, at least making noise 
about the EU not following its own policy on tendering.  I don't remember how the news got out, but 
it was made public, and someone in here latched on to it.  I don't know whether TDF actually did 
anything about it, but there was a lot of agreement that they should do.

Now someone has made information available on a public list which could be beneficial to TDF in a 
similar though smaller way, and I have decided that I see no problem with making use of that public 
information.  I will wait (nearly) 24 hours for someone from the top of TDF to tell me no, and if 
that doesn't come, I will contact the poster offline.  The time now is 00:09, so TDF has until 
midnight today.


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