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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Food for Thought
Date Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:34:08 GMT
+1

Thank you Michael

> -----Original Message-----
> From: RA Stehmann [mailto:anwalt@rechtsanwalt-stehmann.de]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 01:44
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Food for Thought
> 
> On 15.02.2016 23:14, Patricia Shanahan wrote:
> 
> 
> > The typical AOO user is a Windows-using non-programmer. I found just
> > building AOO on Windows a challenging two week project, for which I
> > needed a lot of help, despite prior familiarity with Subversion and
> > Cygwin. As a practical matter, most people who need a bug fixed to
> make
> > AOO useful to them simply do not have the option of taking it into
> their
> > own hands.
> >
> > Incidentally, that cultural difference may affect the severity of data
> > loss bugs. I find someone working for an extended period on a document
> > with no revision control or off-site backup a little shocking at first
> > sight. Then I realized I learned about the importance of revision
> > control and off-site backup on the job, not in my non-programming
> life.
> >
> > Maybe it would be helpful for the PMC to select a very, very short
> "Most
> > wanted" list, based on user requests, feedback at conferences etc.
> That
> > would help new AOO recruits pick a focus.
> 
> There are two differences between AOO and most of the other Apache
> projects.
> 
> The first is a technical one: The huge size of the code.
> 
> The second is a "social" one: AOO is an enduser project, and not a
> project developing code used by it-professionals. Patricia described it
> well above.
> 
> So AOO has to find a special "Apache Way" of doing things proper.
> 
> I'm a living example for that: I'm a member of the PMC without ever
> having written a single line of code for AOO (Shame on me ;-) ). I
> think, you won't find such cases in other Apache PMCs.
> 
> For an OpenOffice supporter it is quite normal doing other things than
> developing the code: Doing QA, documentation, translation, user support
> and training, extensions, so called marketing etc.
> 
> So we have to find procedures, how all these people with different
> functions can collaborate in a proper way.
> 
> Just a little more "Food for Thought".
> 
> Kind regards
> Michael
> 
> 



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