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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Sun, 05 Jun 2011 22:51:04 GMT
Niall Pemberton <niall.pemberton@gmail.com> wrote on 06/05/2011 06:30:06 
PM:

> 
> I agree with you - in this case I think it would be better if IBM
> collaborated with LibreOffice, rather than seeking to compete. But I
> could be wrong.
> 

And I support 100% your right to have that opinion and to support whatever 
open source project or projects you want, to worship your own God and to 
drink the beer of your choice.  But if there are a "sufficient" number of 
people (as determined subjectively by the IPMC) who have a different 
opinion, and who would like to do an open source project at Apache, and 
they have a proposal acceptable in other ways, then I think it should be 
allowed. 

Otherwise this is like the Baptists telling the Methodists that they 
cannot have a church of their own in town, because the Baptists want to 
recruit a larger choir. 

We should always remember:  Anyone who wants to contribute to TDF/LO 
currently can.  There is absolutely nothing preventing them.  The 
developers on Apache OpenOffice will therefore consist of those who, 
voluntarily and according to their own preference, have already chosen not 
to work on LibreOffice, along with those who are willing to work on both 
projects. 

-Rob



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