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[tdf-discuss] Re: OpenOffice dead and burried?


plino <pedlino <at> gmail.com> writes:

From my limited knowledge I would say the ODF add-in is still open source
(but seems to be abandoned).

http://odf-converter.sourceforge.net/

In my opinion it would be strategic to TDF (in colaboration with OASIS) to
revive this project.

Please no. We who have had to look at that codebase and even fix some problems
in it are glad that it is abandoned. It is a huge unmaintainable pile of XSLT,
and then some silly C# code around that.

(I don't mean C# is silly as such, I *like* C# very much in general, but the
odf-converter C# code is a bit silly. As to XSLT, I am not an expert, maybe if
one has the right tools it is maintainable, but I certainly don't have any such
tools.)

(And yeah, I know what mentioning C# will cause... To make the flames even
hotter, let me remind you that the odf-converter project was funded by
Microsoft.)

Furthermore, this allegedly Open Source project (hosted on soureforge) includes
(for the benefit of its use as a plug-in to MS Office; not relevant when used
from OOo) some binary bits with unclear (IANAL) redistribution license. Fun.

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