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From Donald Harbison <dpharbi...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ANNOUNCE] IBM SGA/CCLA Submitted for Symphony Source Code Contribution
Date Wed, 16 May 2012 13:12:44 GMT
To add some more details to this:

...and <Wearing my IBM Hat>:

The IBM team responsible for the Lotus Symphony product is pleased to
announce that the Symphony source code for Windows, Linux and Mac will be
available as soon as our intrepid Infra team can accommodate this large
contribution in svn here at Apache. We expect this to complete some time
over the coming weekend. The availability of the standalone Symphony
install sets is dependent only on the IBM Beijing team.  Apache Infra will
only be dealing with the source code, not the binaries.

The successful delivery of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has enabled us to finalize
our grant with the the Apache Software Foundation and initiate this new
phase of effort within the community. This is about envisioning a future
for Apache OpenOffice that builds on the best code we can offer together
with the best developers who have mastered it. This is going to be a lot of
fun and a lot of hard work. It's something we've looked forward to doing
for a very long time.

In order to help everyone better understand the value of Symphony, we are
posting to the wiki [1] a summary document.  Features are grouped in
various categories. We invite you to think about this code as providing a
rich set of features with the potential to significantly improve user
productivity, performance and stability of Apache OpenOffice. Additionally,
there is excellent work in Microsoft Office file format support,
globalization, and last but not least, accessibility support.

We hope everyone is as excited about this contribution as we are. IBM will
continue to maintain and support Symphony for our customers until we are
able to offer Apache OpenOffice with what we hope will be most of the value
we are contributing today. How we get to this goal will depend on all of us
working together here. We have our ideas, but recognize that we are all
equal in the project and are dedicated to working in the Apache Way.

[1]*http://s.apache.org/SL9*


On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM, Donald Harbison <dpharbison@gmail.com>wrote:

> A few minutes ago, I submitted the IBM Software Grant Agreement and
> Corporate Contributor License Agreement for IBM Lotus Symphony
> contribution. This action means infra can begin to prepare to receive the
> 'Contribution" into svn when they're ready. We will be providing more
> descriptive content to the list tomorrow when our China team wakes up. :)
> This is just a short announcement to get the ball rolling.
>
> We announced our plan to do this on July 15, 2011. The successful delivery
> of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has now made it possible to move forward.  We hope
> the community will invest time and energy to study and understand this
> contribution and help determine how best to use it going forward for the
> benefit of the public good.
>
> This ends the Symphony fork here with Apache OpenOffice.
>
>
>

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