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From Niall Pemberton <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Sun, 05 Jun 2011 22:30:06 GMT
On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 8:44 PM,  <> wrote:
> Niall Pemberton <> wrote on 06/05/2011 02:21:01
> PM:
>> This proposal raises lots of questions, but the requirements for
>> entering the incubator are not high and so IMO don't need to be
>> answered before a vote. The only reason I believe for rejecting this
>> proposal would be because it would be in the best interests of the
>> community to not split the FOSS development and compete with
>> LibreOffice.
> Not to state the obvious, but OOo was LGPL when LO split from it last
> year.  If you look at the list of proposed committers, you will see names
> with addresses.  The community is currently split.  It has
> been for quite a while now.  This predates this discussion and it predates
> LO.  There was a split between Novell and Sun/Oracle years ago. Any
> analysis that does not acknowledge these critical facts is incomplete. The
> community is split today.

I'm not disagreeing with you on this. But Oracle is shutting that down
and asking us to provide FOSS home for it and all I'm saying is why,
when there is already a good FOSS home in existence?

> I am puzzled by the view one open source project should not compete
> against another.  We have several Linux distros.  We have BSD.  We have
> other FOSS office suites, like KOffice, Abi Word, Gnumeric, etc.  Some
> might even suggest, just to be provocative, that progress often comes from
> competition.  Just as clearly, progress comes from collaboration as well.
> It will probably end up to be a mix of competition and collaboration. That
> is not necessarily a bad thing.

I agree with you - in this case I think it would be better if IBM
collaborated with LibreOffice, rather than seeking to compete. But I
could be wrong.


> -Rob

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