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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Diploma thesis: a survey about and LibreOffice
Date Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:51:02 GMT
The survey appears to be looking at two propositions

A) Whether members thought that there was a conflict of
interest between Oracle and


B) Whether LibreOffice members thought that there was a conflict of
interest between The Document Foundation and LibreOffice

Interesting that nothing is ever mentioned about potential conflicts
of interest with Novell/Suse/Attachmate and their ongoing interop
agreements with Microsoft, that has introduced things as Mono and
OOXML.  In other words, it is looking at one open source project and
its main corporate sponsor versus another open source project, while
ignoring its main corporate sponsor.

The more direct comparison would be Community
Council versus LO/TDF, or versus LO/Novell.  In
other words compare governance or compare corporate sponsorship, but
don't mix the two.


On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:22 AM, Andre Schnabel <> wrote:
> Hi,
> yesterday we received a request for participation in a survey at the
> German LibreOffice list. As the survey's target is the LibO/OOo community
> in general, I'm forwarding this to the related lists.
> I'd be happy to see many community members participating (but please
> don't crash the survey server ;) ).
> For more deatils on the survey and it's aim please read Fabian's mail.
> (German below).
> Thanks and regards,
> André
>> - Diploma thesis: a survey about and LibreOffice -
>> Hello!
>> Within the scope of my diploma thesis, I conduct an online survey
>> about conflicts of interest in online brand communities.
>> The focus of the thesis is placed on the relationship Oracle had with
>> as well as the one between the Document Foundation &
>> LibreOffice.
>> I am aware that Oracle donated the project to the
>> Apache Software Foundation nevertheless it is of great interest for my
>> thesis to examine the relationship Oracle had with the
>> community.
>> To complete the questionnaire takes 5 to 10 minutes. All responses are
>> absolutely confidential. The survey is completely anonymous.
>> The survey is available at:
>> I would be delighted if you support me by participating in the survey.
>> Sincerely,
>> Fabian Dupper
>> Student at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
>> Hallo!
>> Im Rahmen meiner Diplomarbeit führe ich eine Befragung über
>> Interessenskonflikte in Online Brand Communities durch.
>> Die Beziehungen zwischen Oracle & sowie der Document
>> Foundation & LibreOffice stehen dabei im Mittelpunkt meiner Arbeit.
>> Um einigen Fragen vorzubeugen:
>> Ich bin mir bewusst, dass das Projekt mittlerweile an
>> die Apache Software Foundation weitergegeben wurde. Dennoch ist die
>> Untersuchung der Beziehung die Oracle zu hatte für
>> meine Arbeit von großem Interesse.
>> Die Beantwortung des Fragebogens dauert zwischen 5 und 10 Minuten. Die
>> Umfrage ist selbstverständlich anonym und die erhobenen Daten werden
>> vertraulich behandelt.
>> Sie finden den Fragebogen unter folgender Adresse:
>> Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Sie mich durch Ihre Teilnahme
>> unterstützen würden!
>> Bei Fragen oder Hinweisen erreichen Sie mich unter
>> Vielen Dank für Ihre Mitarbeit,
>> Fabian Dupper
>> Student der Universität Innsbruck

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