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From Simon Phipps <si...@webmink.com>
Subject Re: OOO and LibreOffice.
Date Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:40:17 GMT

On 3 Jul 2011, at 19:43, Ross Gardler wrote:

> But before we can
> get to that point we need to address the technical differences between
> the two code bases. LO is already 8 months or so adrift of OOo (or at
> least that is what I am led to believe).

It's worth observing that the code that new developers will be able to work on at Apache is
also likely to have significant differences from the last release from the Sun/Oracle infrastructure,
as well as a completely different workflow. I suspect we'll all have no choice but to accept
there's a lot of refactoring and relearning to do whatever happens.

> What happened to the plan for OOo and TDF people to get together?

We attempted it here at FISL and had a good turnout to the sessions Jomar Silva organised
(and which I attended too). The result is a commitment (in the form of a letter of intent
signed by on behalf of the responsible minister) by the Brazilian government to invest in
both AOOo and LibreOffice. I hope we'll have a news posting about it early in the week. 

It's tough, because there's a lot of emotion and history on both "sides", but I agree with
Jomar that it's possible to devise ways to work together. One challenge we'll have with the
new developers that Brazil will commit will be getting engaged with the codebase. We think
a great way for them to do that now (rather than at an unknown point in the future) is to
use the "Easy Hacks" page that LibreOffice has put together to go start work on the code now.


I suggest we encourage others to do the same.  Doing so is educational and co-operative, and
TDF are perfectly happy to accept contributions under the Apache license.

S.


[1] http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Easy_Hacks
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