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From Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Sun, 05 Jun 2011 23:19:26 GMT

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.

> 
>> For me, getting the OOo code fully available under AL is reason enough to +1
>> it as far as I'm concerned...if I were on the IPMC... :-)
> 
> License is important, but thats not all the ASF is about. Community is
> important too. I respect you're right to vote however you wish but if
> all its down to is license then I'm not sure.

I care about end users. If my employer wanted to build a product that required ODF and was
going to be delivered to a desktop I am 100% sure I would not be able to use LibreOffice.
They would happily consume Apache Office.  Community is important to me, but only in the sense
that a successful community can be built here.

Ralph
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