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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: Symphony code in AOO 4.0
Date Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM, Andrea Pescetti <>wrote:

> Rob Weir wrote:
>> OK.  Here is a draft:
>> merging_symphony_allegro_non_**troppo<>
>> Note that there are some suggested topics at the end, where I need
>> detail.  I welcome help from anyone who can help fill in the details.
Highly interesting *and* entertaining!

> Thanks! In the draft you ask for the screenshots showing enhancements: I
> think it's the same page by Shenfeng Liu we've already shared here,
> Improvement_Since_AOO341<>
> (they are not all from Symphony, but the majority are, including all
> "OOXML Support" enhancements).
> Can the long bullet list be prioritized in some ways? Not all the list,
> but at least making sure that the first few items are the most relevant. I
> would put issues containing "crash" first, but maybe someone who has better
> knowledge of the impact can suggest other issues worth to be listed at the
> top.

Yes, it would be good to give category headings for this list.  I
understand the jsutification for length -- what, really, is being
incorporated from Symphony, but if length is an issue, maybe drop some.

> The title "Allegro non troppo" is a clever pun! The expression is clearly
> recognizable as international musical jargon and a pun on Symphony, but the
> usual meaning of "allegro" in Italian is "happy" which adds an interesting
> twist...
> Minor typo just before the bullet list: "the fix fro Symphony".
> Regards,
>   Andrea.

Finally, although I realize that most blog readers will be non-technical, I
think it might be valuable to at least broach the subject of SGA vs
licensing here in some way.  Even if a few sentences could be added under:

"IBM Lotus Symphony is a commercial derivative of OpenOffice which IBM
enhanced <> for their
customer and corporate use.    Last May IBM contributed the source code for
Symphony to Apache, via a Software Grant Agreement (SGA). "

to address this it would be great. What does it mean to contribute code and
"use" it piecemeal vs re-licensing it , for example.

This is  a great blog! I'm sure our users and general audience will
appreciate it!


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

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