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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: IBM is alive ;)


Pedro,

My mistake then. I didn't read deeply enough into the thread.

I still submit that none of these open source projects and their products 
compete in the sense of meaningful market share. With MS-Office dominating 
so thoroughly the only thing that makes sense is to build a shared sense 
of opportunity, rather than bickering incessantly. 

IBM Docs will be a component of the IBM Connections offering later this 
year. I don't know how that looks like a competitor to LibreOffice.  Lotus 
Symphony was primarily offered to Lotus Notes customers in large 
enterprise as a no charge entitlement. Integrated in this fashion, it 
offers customers an alternative to MS-Office if they choose.  We have no 
evidence that these customers consider LibreOffice, so I don't think it's 
fair to say we are in a sort of competition.

What matters most is to help end users understand the benefits of ODF as 
their file format, and improve interoperability with the dominance of 
MS-Office formats. 

I hope you can at least agree on this last point, if not the others.

Regards,

/don

Donald Harbison
Program Director
IBM Open Document Format Initiative
Software Group

Mobile: +1-978-761-0116



From:   Pedro <pedlino@gmail.com>
To:     discuss@documentfoundation.org, 
Date:   02/07/2012 01:38 PM
Subject:        [tdf-discuss] Re: IBM is alive ;)



Hi donald,


donald_harbison wrote

What is this talk about a competitor product? The Apache OpenOffice 
project does not seek to compete with LibreOffice. 


*I* mentioned a competitor to LibreOffice (not Italo) and was referring to
IBM Lotus Symphony and the web service IBM Docs.

Quoting my email to answer Italo doesn't make sense because I wasn't
attacking Apache or even IBM ("IMO some IBM employees bashing TDF on their
blogs and on public mailing lists and forums, does not make it a corporate
decision ;)")

I think you two should exchange private email ;)

Regards,
Pedro



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