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Benjamin Horst wrote:

On Jul 14, 2011, at 6:17 PM, plino wrote:

Surprise, surprise!

IBM will be announcing tomorrow that it’s donating essentially all its IBM
Lotus Symphony source code and resources to Apache’s OpenOffice project

I think Symphony has done a great job with its UI work--that's what I'd most like to see come 
under an open source license.
- tabbed document interface lets you open multiple files in one window
- a "dashboard" like the OOo / LibO splash screen, but you can open it from a button that appears 
on the tab bar. This fits into the dashboard functionality with potential integration into online 
services, as I have envisioned and previously described:
- formatting and other tools appear in a vertical column on the side of the main document window, 
which is one of the most-frequently requested UI features I've seen come through the OOo and LibO 

If you read more of the thread you will find that the GUI is not part of
the deal.  It is Java based and the only code they are turning over is
the C++ parts.

Symphony also has some problems:
- it's very slow to open the application initially
- removed the Draw component
- I think (?) it's even more Java-dependent than OOo ever was

They also removed the Base component.

Rob Weir's full email is available online here, and his official announcement is this afternoon 
in Berlin (so it could be happening right now or has just happened):

Read some of the other messages in the thread to see what is really
happening.  Rob did not go for enough in his message.


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