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Hi :)
At the moment it's clearly NOT a replacement as it works very differently.  

It's much more powerful and easier to use when used in a way that Access would struggle with.  

There is some effort being put into swapping in Firebird to replace the HsqlDB but that work has 
not even started yet.  The work for it is in the list for "Google's Summer of Code" but there are 
tons of other much more glamorous and exciting-looking things that people are more likely to go 

The marketing list are pushing Base as a drop-in replacement for Access that also has some other 
stuff it can do if you want.  But the rest of TDF lists agree with the Brasilians.  
Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Rogerio Luz Coelho <>
To: Sophie Gautier <> 
Sent: Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 0:25
Subject: Re: [tdf-moderators] Re: list for Base

Ok ... but will there be development to BECOME a Access substitute? Because
we in Brasil are telling people it WON'T ... right?


2013/5/8 Sophie Gautier <>

On 08/05/2013 21:59, Florian Effenberger wrote:

I've changed the subject to reflect the changed message topic.

Tom Davies wrote on 2013-05-08 21:57:
Ahah, could we have a special list for Base?  Not for any of the other
modules/apps because they are not so desperately in need of cross-list
collaboration in order to get some basics working.

Would there be any supporters? My gut feeling tells me it doesn't make
much sense to have a dedicated list for one module. I only would be in
support of that if we have already a "critical mass" of subscribers who
actively would like to contribute to such a list.

Yes, no need to disperse our resources, we already know who are the db
specialists, we can ping them is there is an urgent need. Also, that
won't in any way enhance the HSQLDB development/support in our project.
Good information that this is a SOHO base and not a Access replacement
although a good front end for other open source rdbs, should be enough.

Kind regards
Sophie Gautier <>
Membership & Certification Committee Member - Co-founder
The Document Foundation

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