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From Sam Ruby <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice & LibreOffice
Date Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:26:15 GMT
On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> Sam Ruby wrote:
>> my suggestion is that we not focus on the differences we have.
>> Let's instead focus on how we can maximize the areas we have
>> in common.
> Isn't that what:
>> > Core development would happen at the ASF.  Everyone: IBMer, TDFer, and
>> > other alike would be welcomed to contribute to the core code, under
>> > our license, and to incorporate their own downstream changes under
>> > their own license.  From that perspective, TDF and IBM would be equal
>> > players, each with their own enhancements.
> does?

That indeed would be a wonderful place to end up.

At the present time, there are people who would rather not participate
in such an arrangement.  They have something that works just fine for
them.  Many are skeptical that we can deliver.  The most that we can
do is (a) enable such collaboration, and (b) execute.  If we do both
well, we will achieve much more than we could by prior agreement.

I think it is in our best interests to acknowledge that we don't yet
have a track record or anything new to offer.  And that in such a
context it is rather presumptuous at this point for us proclaim that
we are the core or even are relevant.

>        --- Noel

- Sam Ruby
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