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From Louis Suárez-Potts <lui...@gmail.com>
Subject Think Marketing, WAS: Re: 80 million downloads
Date Sun, 01 Dec 2013 15:06:23 GMT
Changed subject.

On 01-Dec-2013, at 09:53, Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@apache.org> wrote:

> I learned that my region is migrating to OpenOffice from a post by Rob to this list.
They had never contacted the project in public or in private. It's OK of course; they are
not forced to do so; but it deserves a reflection. How many other "silent" decisions to migrate
(or not to migrate) are taken every day without the project being aware of it? And can we
as a project do something more for decision-makers to be properly informed?

This is the way it is with open source. We're lucky if we get notified, but happy enough if
we don't. The point of the knowing, as I see it, is that it gives substance to the companies
interested in supporting the software. In this case, the few supporting LO do so, I imagine,
because they can point to the rhetoric as substance; and it becomes, in a small measure, self-fulfilling.

For this reason, we created the various sites on Ye Olde OOo documenting usage, esp. by enterprise
size groups. The point was not to move enterprises over, but to do give raison d'être to
the ecosystem. It worked, sort of.

What I think we could do, given the limited resources is 

a) renew the Major Deployments page and update to AOO. The point: factual accounts of usage
by enterprise. (Major deployments is here: 

https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Major_OpenOffice.org_Deployments

You will notice that it's old.

b) identify that we actually do invite support organizations and the like to constitute the
ecosystem. 

And that as LO and AOO are functionally very similar, any support company stands to gain—they
do not have to limit themselves only to AOO or LO; we, at least, probably won't enforce such
a draconian limitation and we, at least, are not interested in invidious comparisons. I'm
sure that the majority of the LO brethren are not, either.

I would also like to suggest that peripheral groups or people working on ODF editors for mobile
devices gain more attention. Our focus is, to be sure, on the desktop. I get that. But we
cannot ignore (and ought not) mobile devices. Here, I mean not ports of AOO, though those
can be useful. I mean ODF editors. The point is to be able to edit an ODT document on a mobile
device; not just view it, edit it.

louis
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