Marc Paré wrote:
Ahem .., or we could just ignore our ASF lurkers, keep working on our
great product, let OOo go unsupported and gather dust as it was in
I am basically an end user who just happens to be a computer HARDWARE
expert, the last time I did any coding was in college, and it was BASIC
on a machine running CP/M with a Z-80 processor. But I have built many
hundreds of computers and I put a copy of OpenOffice on every one I
built after it became available as a free of cost download.
We have a truly community oriented and supported product with great
licenses as opposed to a restrictive ASF product. We do not need to
join the ASF OOo project for code as we can include some of it in our
Why join a product line that was left in controversy only to join
another group with the same product that is now built on controversy?
As I understand TDF and ASF have incompatible licenses, code from OO can
be incorporated in LO, but code from LO cannot be incorporated in OO.
At least if OpenOffice continues under the Apache Software Foundation.
That would lead me to expect that the two office suites will continue to
diverge until the point where there remains no significant compatibility
I also have been led to the conclusion that ASF is good at producing
software that companies will use, but not at providing anything for
individual end users. I notice that OOo is still available for download
on Oracle hosted servers, but who knows how long that will continue.
From what I have read here over this weekend, it looks to me like soon,
probably by the end of summer LO from TDF will be the only viable choice
remaining for consumers to download. Not that that is necessarily a bad
thing, so far I have seen TDF already do more as far as cleaning up the
code in about 6 months than Sun and Oracle did in 6 years.
Perhaps in the long run it would be best for those of us who have chosen
to use, contribute, support LibreOffice to simply forget about
OpenOffice and concentrate on making LibreOffice the best office
productivity suite possible. This is my take from what I have read
here this weekend. I am not about to debate the relative merits of the
two different types of licenses, from what I gather they really don't
make much differences to end users who can't contribute code, at least
not in the short term.
This is the reason the TDF group left Oracle/Sun to create a more
equal community. There is no point in participating in a group of
Let's just get back to what we are good at doing, leave the lurkers
silent rather than giving them a platform (which is what they want).
We are the community they wish they had.
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