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From Kay Schenk <kay.sch...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Ask OpenOffice #2 Top Questions: Now for the answers....
Date Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:00:18 GMT


On 02/27/2014 10:02 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> Time to wrap this up.   I've gone through the 275 questions from 430
> users and picked out the top ones.  I dropped the ones that repeated
> questions we already answered in our last iteration of this.  I also
> combined questions where there were duplicates or repetitions.  In
> some cases I reworded questions for clarity.
>
> Here's the "top 10", with some partial responses on a few of them.
> I'll need your help to craft responses for all of them.
>
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> 1) How can it be Microsoft is a platinum sponsor of Apache when
> OpenOffice is competing with MS Office?
>
>
> Rob:  This is an odd question to ask us, but I suppose we can explain
> how the ASF is a foundation that supports many (100+) open source
> projects and that a sponsor of AOO does not necessarily participate or
> endorse every project at Apache.  But again, this is an odd question
> for us.  Maybe we can pass it off to Ross Gardler for a better answer?
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> 2)  A series of questions on proposed features and how we decide on
> new features, including:
>
> a) Is it possible to include a 'Track Change' feature in OpenOffice
> like the one in MS Word?
>
> b) When will OpenOffice be able to support saving in (.doc) for
> Microsoft Word 2012-2014?
>
> c) Does Open Office plan to add capability to print out marginal
> comments/notes on the document page where they appear instead of as a
> separate list at the end of the document?"
>
> d) Will OpenOffice users be able to import a "PDF" file, update it,
> and export the updated file?
>
>
> e) How does you decide what features to put into OpenOffice?
>
> f) What is the average time it takes you to fix a bug? add a new feature?
>
> Rob:  I thought we'd lump these all together and give an in-depth
> response about how features and bug fixes are prioritized in a
> volunteer-led open source project at Apache.

The PDF question seems like a much larger animal than some of the others 
to me. Probably on par with b) -- on a larger scale maybe.

It may need a larger/longer explanation on its own.

>
> -----------------------------------
>
>
> 3) What are the long term support and development plans for OpenOffice?
>
> Rob: This is an opportunity for us to state our practice of supporting
> version N and N-1 and point to the consultants page where users can
> find those who can offer longer term support.
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> 4) What are some of the most interesting features in OpenOffice that
> most users don't know even exist?
>
> Rob:  It seems most users don't know how to use word competition ;-)
> But maybe we can nominate 4 or 5 "hidden features" or "underused
> features" that users might not know about?
>
> -----------------------------------
>
>
> 5) What's being done to help realise the universal OpenDocument dream?
>
> Rob: We have some material here from our Document Freedom Day blog
> post, talking about project members who are also active in the OASIS
> ODF TC and the standardization effort.
>
> -----------------------------------
>
>
> 6) Are there backdoors or spyware in Apache OpenOffice?
>
> Rob:  Like we'd tell you if there were? ;-)    But seriously, this
> could be a topic of a standalone blog post, and maybe we should do
> that.  We could discuss open source security, how we handle
> vulnerability reports and the advantage of open source transparency
> for preventing back doors.
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> 7) How many volunteers work on OpenOffice?
>
> Rob:  We can discuss the various kinds of volunteers in different
> areas and get some stats.
>
> -----------------------------------
>
>
> 8) Does it cost anything to upload a template online?
>
> Rob: No.  Odd that this questions got so many votes.  Any ideas on why
> this is a question?
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> 9) What is being done to have openoffice return to be the default
> suite in linux distributions?
>
> Rob:  Anyone have an answer for this one?
> -----------------------------------
>
> 10) How can a new volunteer contribute to the OpenOffice project?
>
> Rob: Can point them to our "get involved" page.
>
> -----------------------------------
>
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