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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject Re: OpenOffice: were are we now?
Date Sun, 05 Jun 2011 19:44:35 GMT
Niall Pemberton <niall.pemberton@gmail.com> wrote on 06/05/2011 02:21:01 
PM:

> 
> This proposal raises lots of questions, but the requirements for
> entering the incubator are not high and so IMO don't need to be
> answered before a vote. The only reason I believe for rejecting this
> proposal would be because it would be in the best interests of the
> community to not split the FOSS development and compete with
> LibreOffice.
> 

Not to state the obvious, but OOo was LGPL when LO split from it last 
year.  If you look at the list of proposed committers, you will see names 
with openoffice.org addresses.  The community is currently split.  It has 
been for quite a while now.  This predates this discussion and it predates 
LO.  There was a split between Novell and Sun/Oracle years ago. Any 
analysis that does not acknowledge these critical facts is incomplete. The 
community is split today.

I am puzzled by the view one open source project should not compete 
against another.  We have several Linux distros.  We have BSD.  We have 
other FOSS office suites, like KOffice, Abi Word, Gnumeric, etc.  Some 
might even suggest, just to be provocative, that progress often comes from 
competition.  Just as clearly, progress comes from collaboration as well. 
It will probably end up to be a mix of competition and collaboration. That 
is not necessarily a bad thing. 

-Rob

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