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From Wolf Halton <>
Date Sun, 20 May 2012 23:02:14 GMT
Miss Cubilla, isn't certifying a platform usable with a software the
responsibility of the hardware manufacturer? Perhaps I do not understand
the request.

Wolf Halton
Apache developer:
On May 20, 2012 6:20 PM, "Louis Suárez-Potts" <> wrote:

> Dear Ms Cubilla,
> Thanks for contacting us. As someone who has long championed the use of
> OpenOffice in education, and specifically on netbooks and other portable
> and mobile devices, I'm delighted to learn of your tender. You probably
> know this, and if you do, my apologies, Apache OpenOffice is free to use
> and distribute as you will and is licensed under the Apache License v.2.
> I have not tried Apache OpenOffice 3.4 on the Acer Travelmate. My guess is
> that it works fine. However, issuing a statement to that effect, as a
> "System Builder," may pose some logistical problems, as we are an open
> source project composed of numerous groups operating within the Apache
> Software Foundation.
> But your request is important. I'd like therefore to see if this solution
> works for you and the government: A request to test Apache OpenOffice 3.4
> (for Linux, Windows 7, 8) be filed. As we are not a company as such, at
> least not in the ways that Microsoft is, actually obtaining the Acer
> netbooks for the testing could be a problem. Further, there is no saying
> when the test on the Acer machines would be done, as it would depend upon
> the availability of resources. We do not profit from Acer's use of AOO,
> from your distribution or any company's, at least not directly.
> Do you have any we can test? Are you perhaps in contact with Acer and able
> to connect us to that company, so that they can test the application on any
> of their devices? (Joining the project is not hard; we would welcome your
> participation and also that of Acer.)
> Alternatively, perhaps you or your colleagues might find it actually
> fastest to install AOO 3.4 (in Spanish) on the machines?
> The government may not approve of such a manoeuvre, as you are not the
> System Builder. But by joining Apache and participating, even in a modest
> way, say by describing what your company is doing and planning, you can
> effectively become part of the community building the application.
> These are the possibilities that may help you at this stage. I would
> suggest you write to us soonest with more ideas on how you wish to proceed.
> Again, your efforts are laudable and praiseworthy. But you are not alone.
> Portugal has gone through something similar—I can put you in touch with the
> principal agents there—as has Brazil. And there are other countries in
> Europe whose sub-national governments have also considered or are deploying
> OpenOffice on education-ready netbooks. (Norway has used Intel education
> netbooks, for instance.)
> Finally, you wrote to a very public list. You can find archives publicly
> available via the usual search engines. Your message has no particularly
> personal content, so rest assured. But do expect that my colleagues will
> likely also respond—indeed, I see that Alexandro has already done that.
> By the way, I am curious if your company would also be providing the
> education offices support?
> Regards,
> Louis Suárez-Potts
> Apache OpenOffice PPMC
> PS, Lo escribió en inglés por que es la convención por estas listas
> abiertas.
> On 2012-05-18, at 17:50 , Veronica Cubilla wrote:
> >
> > Who may concern:
> >
> > Regards from Panama!!
> >
> > This is Veronica Cubilla from Cubix Panama ( ) an
> International Wholesaler who participated with a VAR in a tender of 17,800
> laptops with Education Minister in Panama that will be used by teachers.
> One of the requirements of this tender was to include in the proposal Open
> Office.
> >
> > The laptop we proposed was the Acer Travelmate P243 which have 320GB of
> HDD.  What we need for you is a Certification Letter for Acer  as a System
> Builder who can replicate your software in this laptop, using Apache Open
> Office 3.4.
> >
> > If you need any other information about this tender you can see it in:
> where you can also find Microsoft letter certificating the usage of Win 7
> Pro (which is attached).
> >
> > Thanks in advance for your help.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > <image001.jpg>
> >

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