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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Time for the ASF to send an Open Letter?
Date Sat, 17 Dec 2011 02:53:19 GMT
On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM, Ross Gardler
<> wrote:
> On 15 November 2011 18:03, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>>> I have been mulling this over for a long time...
>>> Up to now, we have been reactionary. We have allowed others to
>>> control and distort the message, paint things as a "us vs. them"
>>> battle (simply to position themselves for personal gain in the
>>> whole debacle), and foster FUD to the clear harm of the ENTIRE
>>> OOo ecosystem.
>> Of course, an AOOo release would be the best possible vehicle for
>> expressing a proactive message.  But until we have that, I could
>> certainly see the value of having a statement on what we are, what we
>> believe, what we stand for, etc.  At graduation time we'd draft a
>> charter for the new TLP.  But today we don't have anything.
>>> I think it's time that an Open Letter to the entire Open Office
>>> ecosystem (companies, entities, individuals, etc...) be drafted
>>> that sets the record straight.
>> Hmm... maybe we have different things in mind.  I was thinking more of
>> a manifesto type statement.  "We are the Apache OpenOffice podling.
>> These are the things we believe are important..." and then list 10
>> things and end with, "Here's how you can help...".
>> That would be proactive, not reactionary.
> This thread got de-railed by the TeamOO revalation that they plan an
> OOo 3.3.1 release. However, it is still very important, in fact even
> more important.
> Any chance of resurrecting this idea and delivering on it as a matter
> of some urgency?

I did start a wiki page on this back at the time, with some quaint ideas:

If anyone else wants to take a shot, they are welcome.


> Ross

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