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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:57:14 GMT
On 6/5/2011 6:19 PM, Ralph Goers wrote:
> 
> On Jun 5, 2011, at 3:45 PM, Niall Pemberton wrote:
> 
>> On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM, Richard S. Hall <heavy@ungoverned.org> wrote:
>>> On 6/5/11 16:50, Jochen Wiedmann wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 8:21 PM, Niall Pemberton
>>>> <niall.pemberton@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> IMO the only negative thing then about LibreOffice is the copyleft
>>>>> license - everything else about them is great. When deciding whether
>>>>> to accept OO we should consider whether that and facilitating BigCos
>>>>> interests is worth splitting the FOSS community.
>>>>>
>>>>> I am considering voting -1 to this proposal for those reasons.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks for expressing my feelings so well, Niall!
>>>
>>> I'll lend a voice to the contrary.
>>>
>>> I can't see why splitting a community should be a factor in entry to the
>>> incubator. Just about every new open source community is trying to pull away
>>> developers from another community doing similar stuff. That's the nature of
>>> the beast.
>>
>> True, but when its essentially the same software, rather than
>> different software solving the same problem? If I proposed a new
>> project that was a fork of the HTTP project, how would that go down?
> 
> If you proposed a new project to implement the HTTP server in Java and got a community
around it I'd vote +1.  I wouldn't join because it wouldn't scratch any itch I have but I
wouldn't stand in the way.

And if you proposed another community of committers who believed they had
a better direction to take httpd that was not being accommodated by the
httpd PMC, I would personally vote +1 for incubation.

This is all tautological, the Incubator has supported forks, and will
support forks given some legitimate direction.  The direction of this
fork is an AL codebase offered by Oracle which IBM employees and all other
interested committers can support.  Your -1 on this basis as a longstanding
respected incubator PMC member would really give me pause to wonder exactly
how fragmented the incubator currently is.


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