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From Roberto Salomon <>
Subject Re: Is any one here familiar with OpenOffice?
Date Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:18:41 GMT
The best response that can be given to such statements is a stable and
reliable binary release of Apache OpenOffice for as many platforms as

I like to think that AOO is not in a market-share competition with LO. Both
projects aim towards delivering a working, reliable office suite that can
be freely used and distributed. There is a relevant difference, however, in
licensing terms. AOO would cater to users that are more comfortable with
the Apache License than the GPL/LGPL user by LO.

As for my experience:

* User since StarOffice for OS/2 (yes, that was some time ago)
* Volunteer translator since 2
* Brazilian community co-lead with Claudio from 2002 to 2007
* Debated and promoted ODF within the Brazilian Federal Government since
2006 when I participated in a debate regarding Digital Text Documents with
Microsoft and Adobe at the Brazilian House of Representatives.
* Supplied training for public and private sector enterprises in Brasília
(Brazil) from 2004 to 2007
* Developed and supported deployments for public sector
clients in Brasília  from 2004 to 2007
* Symphony and ODF evangelist and informal support at IBM's Brasilia Branch

Since 2007, I have been working at IBM but, with the exception of the last
bullet, all activities were prior to my employment and the migration of the
codebase to Apache.

2012/3/12 Rob Weir <>

> I jest,of course.
> But seriously, there are some claiming that "all" of the
> project went over to LibreOffice and that the Apache
> has zero experience with this code base.  I know this sounds crazy,
> but how can we best refute that statement?
> Here's my idea:  Respond to this note and tell me how many years
> experience you have working with OpenOffice.  This could be in any
> capacity, as a coder, tester, documentation, marketing, forum
> volunteer, whatever.  Please count relevant work with related
> projects, such as Symphony, BSD ports, OOo4Kids, ODF, etc. as well.
> How many years were you doing this before the project came to Apache?
> If I get a good number of responses I'll put together an infographic on
> this.
> Regards,
> -Rob

Roberto Salomon

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