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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Merry Christmas and some private thoughts
Date Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:47:36 GMT
Am Freitag, 23. Dezember 2011 schrieb Ross Gardler <>:
> What a great post - thank you Jürgen


> Can I request that this goes on the AOO blog? I recognise this is your
> own thoughts, but you can make that clear (as you did here). You
> correctly observe that the AOO project needs to do a better job of
> communicating the good - this post does just that so lets give it more
> visibility.

I can definitely blog it, yes. I will try to find some time asap ...


> Ross
> 2011/12/23 Jürgen Schmidt <>:
>> Hi all,
>> before i will leave for a short Christmas break i would like to share
>> thoughts with you about the last months, my private expectations, and my
>> wishes for the next year.
>> Oracle's announcement to stop their investment in was a
>> for me. Well the reason is obvious, I was paid by Oracle and worked on
>> project. The people who know me from the past know that i am a 100%
>> guy and I always appreciated to work on this project and
>> our community. I always felt part of the overall community. I know the
>> reasons that were responsible for the LibreOffice fork and the split of
>> community and i have to confess that i can understand it. But i didn't
>> how it was made. If Oracle would have done this step 6 month earlier I am
>> sure we wouldn't have this fork and this split of the community. We would
>> potentially still have the go-oo fork which was the foundation for
>> LibreOffice but that is something different. Anyway it is as it is at
>> and we will see how it moves forward in the future.
>> The grant to Apache was at least the appropriate signal that
>> as a project will never die. The brand is to big and to important, the
>> opportunities around the product and the overall eco system are great
and I
>> was very sure that the project will continue.
>> But a lot of work was and still is in front of us. We had to deal with a
>> of things in parallel where other derivative projects didn't had to deal
>> with at least not in the public. We had to migrate the whole
>> infra structure to Apache and had to ensure that it work. I think we were
>> very successful here and have migrated nearly everything we need from a
>> technical perspective.
>> Our mission was to migrate as much as possible of the available stuff of
>> and at least save it for later use. I think we did it!
>> Thanks to all who made this possible. And we can concentrate in the
>> on some structural and conceptual redesign of the main portal page
>> to provide the information to our users that they
need to
>> find the product, to find more information like help, discussion forums,
>> find the way in the community if they want to do more etc.
>> We couldn't simply use the code as it was and could continue with the
>> development as in the past because of the different license. A huge
>> challenge that is still ongoing and where i had many problems with at the
>> beginning. It is not easy to explain why you remove something and
replace it
>> with something new that provide the same functionality but is under a
>> appropriate license. It's simply boring work and no developer really like
>> it. But is a prerequisite for Apache and in the end it is better for our
>> system because the Apache license is much friendlier for business usage
>> any other open source license. As an individual developer I don't care
>> much about all the different open source licenses, as along as the work
i do
>> is good for the project and in the end for our users. But i learned that
>> Apache license can be a door opener for more contributors and more
>> engagement of companies. And i think that is important and can only help
>> project.
>> And not everything is bad. With the IP cleanup we really cleaned up many
>> things and Armin's replacement for svg import/export is the best
solution we
>> ever had for OpenOffice and with the biggest potential for further
>> improvements. All this is really motivating for the future!
>> Well we had a lot of noise and communication problems on our mailing
>> and i think we missed to transport the message that has
>> a new home under the Apache foundation and we have missed to communicate
>> progress we have made in the pubic. We can do much better in the future!
>> i am looking forward to work with all of you on this communication part
>> the future. We don't have to be shy, we work on a great project with a
>> product and we should have enough to communicate and to share in the
>> (not only on our mailing list but on all the modern and very useful
>> like facebook, Google+, twitter, ...)
>> For the next year I expect that we find a way to guide and control our
>> project a little bit better. I expect our first release early ne--
> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
> Programme Leader (Open Development)
> OpenDirective

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