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From RGB ES <>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice Awarded Two InfoWorld Bossie (Best of Open Source Software) Awards
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:46:05 GMT
2012/9/19 Rob Weir <>

> On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:35 AM, Shenfeng Liu <> 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".
> -Rob

+1. As other said, great summary!

The news are now on the EN, ES and IT forums (and on my blog...)


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