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RE: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice


Davide Dozza wrote:
> Sorry Allen but you are in contradiction. Before you say "Regardless of
who's fault" and at the end
> it seems you are accusing TDF to be the cause of the community fracture.

I made no accusations and assigned no fault. I'm also not interested in
assigning fault or blame. That's an unfortunate distraction it seems many
have gotten caught up in, and IMO, it has only hurt the project not helped
it. On that point, let me be clear: There are millions of potential users
for OOo, LO, and open document formats. Many of those potential users work
in companies, government agencies and other organizations that routinely
trust Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and other large corporations to meet their IT
needs. Getting in a public spat with any of those companies does not help
the project in the least, it only hurts it. End users do not care about
who's right, who's wrong, who's been slighted, who is more pure, etc. They
just care about products and technologies that are going to meet their
needs. For many users, the best thing OOo had going for it was that it was
backed by Sun and there was a commercial version users they could turn to if
they needed support, etc. Now that Oracle has pulled out, that is gone and
TdF cannot replace it. Regardless of individual feelings, the best the TdF
and its members could do at this point would be to put on a smiling face,
magnanimously congratulate the ASF for joining the community, and at least
make it look like they were working closely with IBM to bring the best
possible open document technologies to the world. If most or almost all of
the LO contributors joined the Apache OpenOffice project, if only to lend
moral support and help heal the rift, that would only be good for LO and the
TdF. The best time to do that is now.

Best Regards,

Allen



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Follow-Ups:
Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOfficeAugustine Souza <aesouza2008@gmail.com>
Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOfficeFriedrich Strohmaier <damokles4-listen@bits-fritz.de>
Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOfficeThorsten Behrens <thb@documentfoundation.org>
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