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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "January2017" by svanteschubert
Date Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:44:59 GMT
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    1. Get companies backing up the project as part of a commercial story, to get a long-term
momentum
    2. Do recurrent releases - some semi-automation would be helpful - for the 3rd party users
  
- Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
- aware of?
  
+ Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
+ aware of?
+ 
- There had been started the discussion on abortion of the project due to lack of developers
on the private odf and incubator list. 
+ A discussion has been started about the cancellation of the project due to lack of developers
on the private odf and incubator list. 
  A general issue of the project is that it 'just' a toolkit of an office file format, which
in addition is far from leading on the business market, so likely never being used by the
mass market - a very niche product.
  Still the toolkit seems to be working well for most common use cases, but is repeatedly
updated by developers on changes of the ODF, like Red Hat developers enhancing the ODF validator
as part of LibreOffice regression tests (e.g. out-of-the-box running on http://odf-validator.rhcloud.com/)
most often quite ahead of one of the international ODF Plugfests - http://odfplugfest.org/2016-paris/programme/.

- As there is still heart beat and hope to change acceptance by the addition of collaboration,
why killing it now? 
- As there is little payload on mentorship and infrastructure for this project.
+ Since there are still some game changing features in the pipeline (e.g. collaboration) which
are expected to strengthen the acceptance and develop the community but on the other hand
the mentorship / infrastructure of the project could be better, a decision needs to be made
on the future.
+ 
  
  How has the community developed since the last report?
   
  We clarified on the ApacheCon Europe that a merge with the Open-XChange fork is
  possible, which extended the original sources still using AL2 and having done several releases
with the new AL2 sources.
  So we are working on the next release including the fixes and planning a follow-up release
adding new features.
- Those features should be able to attrack companies to back the project.
+ Those features should be able to attrackt companies to back the project.
  In addition, those will be used as reference implementation for the "OASIS Advanced Document
Collaboration" subcommittee.
  
  

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