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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Extensions and templates site down
Date Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:39:04 GMT
On Jul 12, 2011, at 5:43 PM, Simon Phipps <> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Jul 12, 2011, at 4:41 PM, Simon Phipps <> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>>>> Another option that comes to mind:
>>>> 3) Have OOo extensions hosted by a 3rd party website and we link to
>>>> that site.  It is done that way essentially now with OSL.  But I think
>>>> we'll want to be more explicit about such links to 3rd party sites
>>>> going forward, stating that this is not Apache code, etc.
>>>> Also, if most of the extensions are applicable to LibreOffice and
>>>> other derived products, as well as OpenOffice, then this might be an
>>>> opportunity for collaboration with The Document Foundation on a common
>>>> extension repository.
>>> As it happens I'd already started exploring this one with the Document
>>> Foundation Steering Committee, and Jomar Silva raised it on the
>> TDF-Discuss
>>> list. TDF are just about to launch a full version of their extensions &
>>> templates system and they would be perfectly happy for AOOo to redirect
>> the
>>> URL that is using to access the repository so that it uses
>>> the system TDF are hosting for LibreOffice.
>> Is the intent to host all of the extensions currently at the OOo site?
>> Or a subset?  Or a different set?
> They host only extensions that have open source licenses, so the ones at the
> OOo site that have proprietary licenses are not hosted.

I'd like to have a central catalog of all extensions, commercial as
well as open source.  Not necessarily hosting them, but having the
basic metadata with links to whatever site hosts them. If we have
something like this then we can escape the need for having a singe
host site that gates user visibility of extensions based on eclectic
things like license considerations.   You could even have multiple
such catalogs. Maybe some which curate only GPL extensions for

To do something like the above would require agreeing on a metadata
description file for extension authors.

I think this is complementary to TDF's interest in hosting open source

> S.

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