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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject RE: OpenOffice & LibreOffice
Date Wed, 08 Jun 2011 03:00:08 GMT
Sam Ruby wrote:
> Noel J. Bergman wrote:
> > 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.

> 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.

You can only lead a horse to water.

> 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.

Perhaps.  Prior agreement wouldn't suck, though. :-)  Existing developers need to know that
they are absolutely welcomed here.

> I think it is in our best interests to acknowledge that we don't yet
> have a track record or anything new to offer.

In what sense?  What track record did we have developing LDAP until the people who wanted
to built the Apache Directory Server here arrived?  What track record did we have with databases
before Derby arrived?  The people currently working on the codebase at IBM clearly have a
track record delivering their derived product.  We've seen other people indicate that they
want to join.  And the more people with experience on the codebase who join, the more track
record we have.  The whole point is to build the Community.

	--- Noel

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