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On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 19:04, Ian Lynch <> wrote:
I'd like to see the desktop effort here at LibO and the developers at Apache
start on a new web based OOo even if that meant starting from scratch and
writing it in Javascript. Seems to me that without a web based version both
LibreO and OOo could become irrelevant anyway. Since LibO is already solidly
in the desktop groove it makes much more efficient use of resources for
Apache OOo to go to the web and also fits the Apache culture better. Files
would be interchangeable between desktop and web, 100% through odf. OK, it's
a big ask but this is probably the only opportunity that will arise for such
a big shift in strategy.  This strategy would mean anyone needing OOo now
has LibO for continuity while the web version is being created so if it
takes a couple of years it is not a disaster. Better to spend time on long
term sustainability than patching up and sorting out code that really
duplicates what is already available at LibO. Ok IBM symphony might be an
issue in that scenario but the project is not there simply to support that
product and I see wider and higher priorities.

If I'm not mistaken, the SC sees LibreOffice as remaining a firmly
desktop-based suite, although they are thinking about a complementary
Web-based component of some kind. I must admit that I'd like the
software to remain on my computer without me hanging from strings
rooted somewhere on the Web or in a cloud (not even a local one).

David Nelson

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