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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal: Splitting^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HREUNITING the Community?
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 01:01:15 GMT
On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM, Ian Lynch <ianrlynch@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2 June 2011 22:42, Benson Margulies <bimargulies@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> The existing of TDF and the preference of its contributors for
>> copyleft is data, but for me it's not data that could persuade me to
>> vote -1 in this PMC. I don't care if there are 5,000 people out there
>> who are firmly planning to stick to TDF like glue. I care if there are
>> 10 or 20 who are prepared to take this on.
>>
>
> But you probably make it more likely that you will get your 10-20 and more
> if you don't unnecessarily alienate those who have put a lot of time and
> effort into OOo in the past. In addition, if we want a thriving open source
> office project it makes sense to treat those involved with some sensitivity
> because hopefully everyone will work together constructively in the future.
>

True, but there are very strict and simple limits to what the ASF can
and can't do. It can't host a copyleft project. It can't hire a cyborg
and a time machine. We have the code, and we have our process. We can
be polite, but it is very important for everyone involved to
understand that we cannot, in my opinion, do copyleft, nor can we shut
the door in the face of a legitimate proposal, even one that disturbs
many people who have worked on this code in the past.

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