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On Apr 22, 2011, at 13:55 , drew wrote:

On Fri, 2011-04-22 at 10:52 +0200, James Wilde wrote:

 I've come to the conclusion that there is no way I can write the intended message on the OOo 
list without breaching Bernhard's desire not to rile former colleagues.


However, one thing I do think is extremely interesting is that no-one has yet answered the OPs 
message on the list, 

Hi James,

If I may - you intention for being connected to both projects I take it,
is to support both projects, yes?

Actually, no, Drew.  I was a firm believer in OOo at one time, especially when I was using linux 
for my workstation.  I became a bit dubious when Oracle bought it, but continued using it.  I 
joined LibO when it started, but didn't convert to using LibO until there was a stable version out. 
 It's just lethargy that's stopped me from quitting the OOo lists.  Also, until recently, when the 
threads started to diverge, there was a good deal of useful stuff in the OOo user list.  You will 
remember furthermore that there was a low signal to noise ratio in the LibO lists at the beginning. 

Then why not simply respond to him on the mail list and
answer his question as asked - from the perspective?

I no longer have any interest in supporting OOo now that there is a genuinely non-commercial 
alternative.  The reason I originally thought it would be a good idea to contact the OP was not at 
all to do with any thought of competition between different ODT offerings.  It was that the bigger 
the user base for the product I use (and now support in a modest way with a bit of moderation) the 
better the chances of financial support which will allow LibO developers to keep on providing me 
with a fantastic piece of software.  That was also why I jumped in on the side of those who wanted 
to actually do something about the EU choosing Office without a cost-benefit analysis, but there 
again, there appeared to be a lack of enthusiasm from those who carry weight.


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