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From "Charles-H. Schulz" <charles.sch...@documentfoundation.org>
Subject Re: Blondie's Parallel Lines...
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:16:45 GMT
Hello Jim,

2011/6/2 Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com>

>
> On Jun 2, 2011, at 10:40 AM, robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
>
> >
> > I'd like to think that no one is working on LibreOffice merely because
> > they have no choice, or that giving everyone a choice is seen as being
> > antagonistic.  If truly 100% of the LibreOffice members prefer TDF to
> > Apache, then you have nothing to worry about, right?  If some prefer
> > Apache, then you have worries, if you choose to worry about such things,
> > but I don't take it as a moral fault in Apache or in the authors of this
> > proposal that we are offering an open source development choice that some
> > developers might prefer over TDF.
> >
>
> I don't see this as 2 "competing" projects... well, maybe right
> now it is, but what it is "now" doesn't mean that is how it
> should be, or will turn out to be.
>
> One simple example: Imagine the Apache project as the core
> "guts" of OOo, the framework. With TDF working on parts
> that extend and enhance OOo, in a modular fashion, for
> a particular set of end-users... or something like that.
> Or something different from that.
>
> What I'm trying to say is simple 1-1 duplication is stupid, at
> least in my mind. I don't see that as our only option; in fact,
> I see that as a really short-sighted one. We can all certainly
> do much better than that.
>


It is an honor to be on an ASF list, first of all, and I'd like to thank
everyone for joining this discussion.

To answer Jim's email, I think that while OOo and LibreOffice don't have to
be competitors, I would not necessarily want to decide why we should split
development efforts. I 'm sure the Apache Foundation has experience in
dealing with Free and Open Source Software projects but I don't think it
make sense to to split communities and give a specific role to each of them.

I do have a question though. To me it's unclear whether the Openoffice
project has any real development ressources. I see so far one developer and
Rob, who I know to be a distinguished engineer from IBM but who has never
contributed code to OpenOffice, if I recall. I'm a bit surprised by this as
TDF has now over 200 developers, paid and unpaid and I was under the
impression that this number was not deemed to be enough by IBM.

Best,
Charles-H. Schulz.


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