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From Andrea Pescetti <pesce...@openoffice.org>
Subject Re: Extensions and templates site down
Date Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:59:53 GMT
On 12/07/2011 Simon Phipps wrote:
> 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 OpenOffice.org is using to access the repository so that it uses
> the system TDF are hosting for LibreOffice.

While I believe cooperation would be nice and I've written for months
that I don't support the idea to host OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice
extensions on separate sites, we should get facts straight on this.

The LibreOffice extensions site is being developed for two reasons:
1) the Document Foundation doesn't want to depend on *.openoffice.org
   sites (and in this case it cannot, since on the launch day it
   promised to only offer free software extensions).
2) http://extensions.services.openoffice.org was unreachable at times.
Now, reason 1 does not exactly go in the direction of a shared resource,
while reason 2 is now obsolete: the site is now fixed and the problems
were in the caching server, NOT in the OOo extensions site.

If we are to use a common resource, then let's go for the best one,
which is (don't consider the URL!) the one currently living at
http://extensions.services.openoffice.org . Reasons: mature, tested,
nicer, flexible, populated with hundreds of extensions.

With a bit (quite a bit) of customization it could even be tweaked so
that is is accessible, say, both as http://extensions.openoffice.org and
http://extensions.libreoffice.org and that it shows different branding
depending on the URL; it could even be set up so that non-free
extensions are hidden when browsing it in "LibreOffice mode".

This would be a really shared resource, where anybody can submit
extensions that anybody can download and use regardless of the software
he is using, and where all identities are respected. It could of course
be extended to other derivatives and it would be a remarkable example of
something useful to the whole community.

Regards,
  Andrea.


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