On 06/06/2011 06:32 PM, Robert Derman wrote:
I am sorry for quoting ALL of the above, but I tend to agree with the
post from Robert.....
Andy Brown wrote:
I have been reading the discussion the last 3 days concerning Oracle
donating the code and from what I understand the brand name. From
what I understand the differences in licenses between The Document
Foundation and Apache Software Foundation are such that code in
OpenOffice can be used in LibreOffice, but code in LibreOffice can not
be used in OpenOffice.
From what I have read it seems like it will be some time before
anything much comes of whatever happens at the Apache Software
Foundation, at least as far as any product for end users. If this
means that OOo will stagnate as far as improvements and new releases
is concerned, and it seems like it will, then I suspect that most
people will switch to LibreOffice and OpenOffice will become irrelevant.
I might be wrong about this, but from all the good progress at TDF and
LO it seems like OpenOffice may become irrelevant if it hasn't
already, at least as far as end users are concerned. I have heard a
lot of concern about duplication of efforts, but if I had to guess as
to what will happen, I suspect that most volunteer
developers/programmers will donate their efforts to TDF and LO rather
than OO, or to both. I suspect that at some point within the next
year the two software suites will diverge to the point where they can
no longer share new code, and LO will need many of its own templates
and extensions rather than being able to use those that were written
Perhaps the single largest reason that Oracle didn't offer the code
and brand to TDF was simple hurt feelings. Whatever, in the long run
I suspect that it simply doesn't and won't matter. If anything I
think that this will cause TDF to gain more developers and supporters
and to prosper.
I seem to be really missing something in all this talk about the
transfer of OOo.
1: What would TDF do with the code? At this point in time LibO is
way ahead of OOo in features and code clean up, from the patches
flying in the dev list.
2: What would TDF do with the OpenOffice.org name and trademarks?
3: Would they rename LibreOffice to OpenOffice.org? If so why, since
LibreOffice has spread like it has?
4: Why is TDF trying so hard to block the proposal with ASF? I
guess answers to the above will answer this one.
What IS all of this discussion anyway? Why waste the time? Let
LibreOffice forge ahead. If some of the others want to join,
that's fine...if not, that's fine too. LibreOffice is already ahead and
moving away from OpenOffice and is much better already.
Let's just concentrate on the "product" that we have and
develop/improve/release on schedule and not worry or waste so much
time discussing all of this stuff. Oracle messed up and let's just
leave it at that.
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