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From Donald Harbison <>
Subject Re: Symphony contribution
Date Thu, 14 Jul 2011 01:44:10 GMT
(With my IBM hat)....

The intent here is to shift the primary development focus to Apache
OpenOffice over time. Just as LibreOffice has business commitments to SuSE
Linux Enterprise Desktop, and the other Linux distributions, so does IBM
with Symphony and its user community. It would appear that both LibreOffice
and Symphony share this challenge, as both packages have much in common with
the future success of Apache OpenOffice.

We are all undergoing a fairly radical re-planning excercise. The IBM intent
is to 'get off the Symphony fork' within the frame of what's possible, by
focusing our energies and resources on Apache OpenOffice working
collaboratively and openly in the community. We invite LibreOffice to
undergo a similar transformation.

Transparency is key here, as we all agree.


On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM, Simon Phipps <> wrote:

> On 13 Jul 2011, at 23:00, Rob Weir wrote:
> > However, we at IBM have not been exemplary community members when it
> > came to  This wasn't necessarily by design, but for
> > various reasons, that was the effect.  Yes, we participated in various
> > community councils, and sponsored conferences and worked together on
> > standards.  But when it came down to the code, we maintained Symphony
> > essentially as a fork, and although we occasionally contributed code
> > back, we did not do this well, or often.
> Thanks for saying this, Rob. I for one appreciate the openness of this
> statement.
> > First, we're going to contribute the standalone version of Lotus
> > Symphony to the Apache project, under the Apache 2.0
> > license.
> While I'd not expect you to disclose secrets, can you say something about
> IBM's future intent with this code? Do you intend to develop Symphony as an
> open source project in the future, or is this a one-time code drop? It will
> make a difference to our collective planning.
> Thanks,
> S.

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