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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:52:46 GMT
On 01/06/2011 17:33, wrote:
> Jukka Zitting<>  wrote on 06/01/2011 12:13:09 PM:
>>>   Community
>>> seeks to further encourage developer and user
> communities
>>> during incubation, beyond the existing developers currently working on
> the
>>> project.
>> Any thoughts on how (or if) the LibreOffice community would fit into
>> this picture?
> There are many projects, open source and proprietary that are derived from
> Sun/Oracle's original OpenOffice project.
> I made a diagram of this on a blog post a while ago:

This is really helpful Rob. Thanks.

> So I think we want to consider all of this.  This code base, although not
> your typical piece of componentry, does appear to have been treated as
> something that could be customized, repackaged and redistributed.  I don't
> have the exactly numbers, but there are significant users of the following
> OpenOffice derivatives:
> - LibreOffice
> - IBM Lotus Symphony
> - EuroOffice
> - BrOffice (which some would say is a derivative of LibreOffice)
> - RedOffice
> In all cases there are several overlapping communities:
> - a community of developers
> - a community of users
> - a community of supporters, trainers, consultants, etc.
> We'll need to work out how these related, and especially which of these
> community functions are a good fit for an eventual Apache TLP, and which
> things fit better outside of Apache.  But my recommendation is that we
> encourage the core development of the editors to occur in Apache, while
> making it easy, via a modular extension mechanism, a modular install, etc.
> for others to customize and redistribute as permitted by the Apache 2.0
> license.

I like the sound of this and I note that Bob Sutor says similar in his 
blog [1]

I think it would be really good to have this goal in the proposal 
itself, it is something concrete to point to from a community 
development point of view.



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