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From William A Rowe Jr <>
Subject Re: Trouble child OpenOffice
Date Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:08:52 GMT
On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:08 PM, Raphael Bircher
<> wrote:
> Hi Roman
>> The challenge that is unique to OpenOffice as you are well aware is
>> the fact that
>> it is both a product and a project.
> It's a bit provocative. What would happened if we drop the product, but
> don't retire as a project.

True story; Apache Subversion ships no binaries, yet is build-able on most
older and all the most recent operating systems. There is a broad network
of different builds across all of these architectures. There are very platform
specific deviations; there were interesting Windows solutions long before
Microsoft took an interest and integrated it entirely into Visual Studio.

I don't know what it looks like, but I've long advocated for AOO to 'own'
the underlying document processing source code. Retain one GUI layer
as long as there are developers around it, but recognize that no single
implementation can be performant over the entire universe of UI
implementations, even those such as QT don't behave the same way
between Linux and Win32.

We aim to promulgate open standards by being the best implementation
of those standards. I don't anticipate LO or AOO walking away from some
sharing of the documentation code base. But if the ASF's releases will
further more implementors shared goals, then AOO will continue to
succeed in that aspect. If not, let closed providers such as LO keep
running with it, and allow Oracle to have succeeded in their goal.

There is the secondary effect of online document processing; few want
to be entirely crippled by an outage, but the convenience of the world
of Google Docs/Office 360 is very compelling. Unless there are great
solutions that straddle the two well, there is no connection between
these two interested communities.

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