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From Juergen Schmidt <jogischm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice Awarded Two InfoWorld Bossie (Best of Open Source Software) Awards
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:10:24 GMT
Am Mittwoch, 19. September 2012 um 17:23 schrieb Rob Weir:
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:35 AM, Shenfeng Liu <liushenf@gmail.com> wrote:
> > What a great news!
> > Congratulations!
> > 
> 
> 
> I'm especially proud of the recognition the community received for the
> OpenOffice Templates website. This almost did not happen. It
> required a lot of effort, especially by SourceForge and Apache Infra,
> to make this a reality.
> 
> Remember back when OpenOffice first came to Apache. We had the OOo
> code, and a bunch of legacy services hosted on Oracle (and other 3rd
> party) servers: website, wiki, forums, templates, extensions,
> bugzilla, etc. We could have just abandoned the services and focused
> 100% on the code. We could have just kissed the legacy web services
> good bye and let them die. That would have been an easier choice.
> This option was mentioned at the time. It would have been less
> effort. It would have allowed us to make more progress on the code,
> and faster. Certainly that was the choice that could have been made,
> and which was made by another related project. IMHO, it is akin to an
> army leaving its wounded behind in order to make a faster advance.
> 
> Personally, I'm glad we did not abandon these services. Instead we
> invested in them. Yes, it took time. Yes, it took energy. Yes, it
> diverted resources that could have been used to work on product
> features. If you recall there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth
> in some circles, saying that we had delayed our OpenOffice release so
> long that it would no longer be relevant, that we would never catch
> up, that we would inevitably fail.
> 
> Well, guess what happened? We released 3.4.0 and had phenomenal
> download numbers. And then we released 3.4.1 and the download numbers
> are even better. And now we receive awards both for the product,
> but also for one of the legacy web services. Hopefully this puts the
> doubts to rest. The answer to an "either/or" question is sometimes
> "both".
> 
> 

well spoken and summarized :-)

It's simply great

Juergen 
> 
> -Rob
> 
> 
> > - Simon
> > 
> > 
> > 2012/9/19 Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org>
> > 
> > > InfoWorld is out with their 2012 "Bossie" awards (Best of Open Source).
> > > 
> > > As far as I can see we are the only open source project that won two
> > > awards!
> > > 
> > > In the "desktop applications" category we received an award for the
> > > OpenOffice application:
> > > 
> > > 
> > > http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/64914/bossie-awards-2012-the-best-open-source-desktop-applications-202288#slide4
> > > 
> > > And in the same category we received another award for our Template
> > > Repository:
> > > 
> > > 
> > > http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/64914/bossie-awards-2012-the-best-open-source-desktop-applications-202288#slide5
> > > 
> > > The full article is here:
> > > 
> > > 
> > > http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/bossies-2012-the-best-of-open-source-software-awards-202465
> > > 
> > > So congratulations to all for the hard work that led to these honors.
> > > This was a broad effort, extending out from the core project to
> > > partners like SourceForge and all those power users whose creative
> > > contributions bring value to the template repository. These are truly
> > > awards for the whole community!
> > > 
> > > Regards,
> > > 
> > > -Rob 


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