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From Kevin Grignon <kevingrignon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice Awarded Two InfoWorld Bossie (Best of Open Source Software) Awards
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:07:11 GMT
Great job! Let's keep on rolling...

On Sep 20, 2012, at 3:43 AM, "Marcus (OOo)" <marcus.mail@wtnet.de> wrote:

> Am 09/19/2012 05:23 PM, 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".
> 
> great summary, well done!
> 
> I think especially the Sourceforge team around Roberto can be proud of have been gone
the way to keep the support for the extension & templates and finally to got were they
are now.
> 
> Marcus
> 
> 
> 
>>> 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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